Gelatin has long been established as an important component of a well-balanced paleo diet. It helps smooth the digestive process by supporting the gastroinestinal tract lining as well as helping to build and maintain good joint, bone, and skin health. Most paleo people get their gelatin (which is derived from the connective tissue of animals, hopefully healthy ones!) in the form of bone broth. But with summer in full swing, drinking a cup of hot bone broth is the last thing most people want to do. Not to mention, some people just don’t enjoy drinking bone broth all that much (for example, kids), it’s nice to have an alternative when it comes to getting the benefits of gelatin.
(Note: I’m not saying that eating gelatin and drinking bone broth is the same thing. To get all the health benefits of bone broth, you obviously actually have to drink bone broth…I’m simply saying that when it comes to gelatin, there are several ways to incorporate it into your diet.)
- 1 rounded tablespoon of grass fed gelatin
- 16 oz of hot water
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf chamomile flowers (I find mine in the Mexican Food section of my local grocery store)
- 2 oz cold water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup (this made for a mildly sweet jello so you may want to increase the honey or maple syrup if you’re used to sweeter things)
1. Place your gelatin into a large pyrex measuring cup (or a medium-sized mixing bowl).
2. Add in your 2 oz of cold water and whisk together for about a minute. It’ll turn into a thick gel.
3. With your hot water and chamomile flowers, brew a cup of chamomile tea. I use a teapot with a strainer to get this done.
4. Add in your hot chamomile tea (it should be almost boiling, so reheat it again if it has cooled down too much) to the thick gel you got from the gelatin and cold water. Whisk everything together thoroughly. The gelatin should dissolve entirely after a few minutes of whisking.
5. Add in your honey and maple syrup and stir very well again.
6. Let cool to about room temperature, stirring every so often.
7. Pour into a 9×9 inch pan and refrigerate until it turns into jello.
I like to eat this jello as a snack in between meals or before bedtime.