I’ve been playing around with grass-fed gelatin in some of my recipes over the past few months and loving the results!
In the past, I used powdered agar to thicken most of my recipes and keep them vegan. But as the months went on, I kept hearing more and more about the benefits of gelatin and realized I just had to try it in my recipes in place of agar and see the results for myself. Why? The #1 reason that I personally wanted to try gelatin is that I always want to make sure my kids are getting enough protein in their diets. Kids’ brains need lots of healthy fats and proteins. Plus, I’ve got two active, nonstop kiddos who need all the fuel they can get!
My kids love fruit and would eat it all day if I would let them. Fortunately, they also like green smoothies and super nutritious cookies too! When it comes down to it, my kids love to snack. They love to graze and I saw the immediate benefit of adding gelatin to my snacks because 1 Tbsp. of gelatin contains 6 grams of protein. Pretty impressive! And I don’t get just any gelatin. I get this grass-fed gelatin.
The most noticeable health benefit I have seen since incorporating this gelatin into my diet is better sleep, but most importantly good healthy deep sleep. The first time my son and I had this gelatin in a recipe one evening, we slept-in the following Saturday morning until 10:30 am! This alone is amazing as my son is normally up at 7am ready to go. I don’t remember the last time I woke up that refreshed and rejuvenated!
To read more on the benefits of gelatin and why it is often called a superfood, check out this fantastic post!
Lately I’ve been mixing organic berries, pure juice and gelatin to make homemade fruit snacks. Below is my latest fruit snack recipe made with fresh local strawberries. My daughter chose to cut the shapes into stars. You could put these into molds for smaller shaped fruit snacks. Use your imagination and have fun!
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- 2½ cups organic strawberries, tops removed
- 2 cups organic lemonade (100% pure)
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- ½ cup Great Lakes grass-fed gelatin
- Blend strawberries, lemonade and honey in Vitamix or Blender. Pour in gelatin and blend again on high. Pour mixture into glass dish. Refrigerate for 1 hour to let mixture set.
- Cut into desired shapes!