Recipe: Pomegranate Jello (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, AIP)

Collagen/Gelatin

Apr 16
Pomegranate Jello, pomegranate juice jello

Jello is the most traditional comfort food since forever. It was my mother’s go-to remedy for everything from sore throat to stomach flu. This recipe for pomegranate jello uses only the best ingredients and is so easy, there is no excuse for using the toxic artificial brands on the market.

Commercial jello has nothing real in it.

It is completely made with chemicals, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring and artificial sweeteners when it is not made with refined sugar.

Jello is a fun way to get gelatin/collagen into your family. This is an important nutrient that can easily be added to the diet!

Collagen is Good for Joints and Skin

Collagen tissue makes up 50% of the protein in the body.

Collagent 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.

Biochemically, there are several different types of collagen which appear in different types of tissue from bone, tendon and ligament to mucous membranes throughout the body including the intestinal tract and the cornea of the eye.

Gelatin is Easy to Use

Gelatin is simply the cooked form of collagen. 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.  However, the manufacturing of gelatin was not regulated and poor quality products appeared on the market.

The commercial jello product that are on the market today, as you probably know, are loaded with artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners and/or sugar. I do not recommend any of these products.

However, it is so easy to make your own jello from a superior grassfed gelatin product (like this one) and your own organic juices and sweeteners. Your kids will love it and so will you!

Eat some each day instead of expensive supplements.

The Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranate is an ancient food that has been cultivated for over 4,000 years. From the Latin Punicum malum it means Phoenician apple. It is also known as a Chinese Apple.

Pomegranate is a powerful anti-oxidant — comparable to blueberries, red wine or green tea.

It is rich in vitamins C, A and E as well as folic acid.

The polyphenol anti-oxidants in pomegranate juice include punicalagin, which is unique to pomegranates.  There are also anti-oxidants called anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving pomegranate juice its rich red color.

Anti-oxidants are very important because they protect us from free radical damage to cells, tissues and organs.

Free radical damage is what drives inflammation. Current medical thinking is revolving around the concept that inflammation is at the bottom of many chronic illnesses.

Read more about inflammation here.

There have also been small research studies that show pomegranate benefiting heart disease and cancer.

This pomegranate jello, is tasty, fun and has powerful anti-oxidants!

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Recipe: Pomegranate Jello (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, AIP)

Pomegranate Jello, pomegranate juice jello
  • Author: Dr. Jill
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 50 small squares

Ingredients

  • 2 cup pineapple juice
  • 12 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp gelatin
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp honey (or more if needed)

Instructions

  1. In a small pot heat the water
  2. In a large bowl add the pomegranate juice
  3. When the water is just short of boiling, add it to the juice
  4. Sprinkle the gelatin into the water in small amounts and whisk in so that lumps do not form
  5. Whisk well to remove all lumps
  6. Add the honey and mix well (taste to make sure it is sweet enough for you)
  7. Pour into the pan
  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour
  9. Keep in an airtight container for about 10 days

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 glass pan
  • Small pot
  • Whisk

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Pomegranate Jello, pomegranate juice jello

Pomegranate Jello

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