Homemade Fruit Jello
Turns out Grandma was right. Two of the most healing things you can do for your immune system are chicken soup and jello. Both are high in gelatin, which soothes and heals the lining of the gut. Eight percent of our immune systems are in our gut, so healthier gut = healthier human.
Healing the gut also leads to fewer allergies and helps immensely with digestive problems like leaky gut and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
One of the primary components of gelatin is collagen, so it strengthens hair, bones, nails and skin. It can reduce wrinkles and make skin more elastic and resilient to environmental damage. It is anti-inflammatory, and helps heal joints, arthritis, and osteoporosis, and helps heal wounds, balance hormones, and promote weight loss. It's really a super food.
One quart fresh whole strawberries (or any other fruit)
1 Tbs. raw honey (or to taste)
1/4 c. water
2 Tbs. grass-fed powdered gelatin (I use Great Lakes)
- Mash the strawberries with your hands, just squeeze them tightly. I like the jello kinda chunky. (If you want it really smooth you could put the strawberries in a blender, or even juice them, but then you don't get the fiber, and you miss the whole food-ness of it.) Keep mashing the strawberries until a good bit of juice has come out and the pieces are pretty small.
- Mix in a tablespoon or so of honey into the strawberries, depending on how sweet the strawberries are and how sweet you like it. I try to add as little sweetener as possible so that the strawberry flavor is not over-powered.
- In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the 1/4c. water. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes until all of the powder is wet. Stir while heating gently until all of the gelatin is melted.
- Mix the gelatin water into the strawberries.
- Put the bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours, or the freezer for half an hour or so, until well-gelled.