I made this amazing, and I mean amazingly simply treat from a new cookbook I received in the Primal Life Kit. My friend Caitlin Weeks of Grassfed Girl has written a book on gelatin called Easy Paleo Gelatin Gummies, Puddings and Smoothies! There are 30 foolproof recipes that everyone will enjoy! This book is only one of the 49 items in this fantastic Primal Life Kit! Checkout the recipe below!
You Need Gelatin in Your Diet
There is so much talk about gelatin, you might be wondering just what it is. Gelatin is simply the cooked form of collagen. So what is collagen? Collagen tissue makes up 50% of the protein in the body, as it is the primary protein in connective tissue — the tissue that makes up fibrous tissues like tendons, ligaments, bone, cartilage and skin. Collagen makes up the matrix of joint cartilage and skin as well as cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut lining, and intervertebral discs.
It is critical to have enough collagen in your diet for optimal health.
Back in the 1800′s in Europe, the many wars necessitated a cheap and efficient way to feed the troops. A chemist by the name of Jean-Pierre Joseph d’Arcet discovered how to extract gelatin from bones. Numerous other researchers ran with this idea and came up with various ways to extract and stabilize gelatin and place it into commercial foods.
Gelatin powders and tablets became a substitute for meat in soups and gravies and became a popular food. Manufacturing of gelatin was not regulated and poor quality products appeared on the market.
Gelatin is not a complete form of protein and so it soon fell out of favor and we are left with the artificially produced bouillon that is loaded with MSG, salt and other toxic additives. Additionally, the product jello, is loaded with artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners and/or sugar.
None of these products are healthy at all.
In our traditional past, our ancestors would routinely make slow and low cooked bone broths to consume on a daily basis. The slow cooking method would break down the collagen to a form that was easily absorbed by the body. They knew that the broth would provide all the nutrients and minerals needed for good health — particularly of the joints, the digestive organs and the skin.
Our Modern Food Supply and Eating Habits
As Dr. Price would called them, the displacing foods of modern commerce have wrecked havoc with the health of the American population. Particularly when it comes to the gut and the joints.
Were are in dire need of nourishing bone broths to provide the necessary amino acids to our joints.
Fascia is a thin protective sheath of collagen that covers almost every structure in the body. Take it from me — there is a lot of fascia in the body. When I was in chiropractic school we took 4 semesters of human dissection (among many other anatomy classes). We had to cut through an awful lot of fascia to get to the structure itself. This is all collagen.
Collagen essentially holds us together. We are structurally a fascia web that is connected from head to toe and from the skin to the deepest organ. When you move your toe you are also affecting the entire fascia web that runs through your body.
As a chiropractor, this is fascinating to me, as it translates into mis-alignments and malfunctions in the structural system that affect the deeper organ systems. I find this relationship in many of my patients.
How to Protect Your Joints, Gut and Skin
Adding soups made from nutritious, collagen rich bone broths are the best way to provide your body with easily absorbable gelatin.
Additionally, a quick way to use gelatin is to make simple and fun snacks and treats! Your kids and family members won’t even know they are getting an important nutrient!
This recipe, and 29 other recipes using gelatin can be found in Grassfed Girl’s e-book that is included in the Primal Life Kit!
Strawberry Panna Cotta Pudding
- 1 pound strawberries – preferably organic
- 2 cups coconut milk (fullfat) (where to buy)
- 2 Tbsp grassfed gelatin (where to buy)
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp stevia powder or 2 Tbsp honey (where to buy)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil for greasing the ramekins (where to buy coconut oil)
- Rinse and chop the strawberries and put in a large mixing bowl
- Heat up the coconut milk in the pot over medium heat for 2 minutes
- Stir in the gelatin with the water and then add the mixture to the coconut milk
- Stir the coconut milk mixture for 5 minutes, then remove form heat and whisk in the sweetener
- Pour the mixture over the strawberries and add the lemon juice
- Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture
- Once the pudding mixture is blended well, pour into the ramekins greased with the coconut oil
- Let the pudding chill for 1 hour or until set
- To release, set the ramekins in a tub of hot water for 2 – 3 minutes
- Turn the pudding out onto a serving plate and garnish with fresh berries
Tip: Don’t put too much coconut oil in the ramekins or you will have clumps of it when you slide the pudding out.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Yield: 2 – 4 servings
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