Healthy Homemade Gummies
If you are looking for some healthy snack options, these gummies are ideal! They are fun to eat and are a great way to get some protein and gut-healing gelatin into them!
What is the difference between gelatin and collagen?
The short answer - not much!
Basically, gelatin is cooked collagen, which is the protein found in the connective tissues and bones of animals. Gelatin is what you get after cooking collagen.
For example when you cook bones such as when making a homemade bone broth or stock then collagen is released and in effect, you have made your own gelatin.
Gelatin and collagen contain basically the same amino acid profile as they both contain collagen protein.
The main difference between gelatin and collagen is that gelatin will thicken when cooled.
What are some of the health benefits of gelatin (collagen)?
Including gelatin in your diet is thought to have a variety of potential health benefits such as:
- Supporting healthy skin - Collagen is what gives your skin its youthful appearance, the decline of collagen when we age is thought to be a major factor in skin "ageing"
- Supporting a healthy digestive system - Glycine, an amino acid found in gelatin may help to maintain a healthy mucosal lining in the digestive system (source). A healthy gut lining is very important for reducing overall inflammation in the body, healthy digestion, maintaining a healthy immune system and helping to prevent and improve adverse reactions to food such as food intolerances.
- Gelatin is a great source of protein, adequate protein is needed for growth and repair of every cell in the body. 70% of our connective tissue is made from collagen so having adequate amounts is important for the structure of our entire body including skin, digestive system and joints.
- May support healthy bones - Lycine an amino acid found in gelatin may help strengthen bones, and helps the body absorb calcium (source)
Blueberry and lemon gummies
4 Tbsp Organic gelatin powder mixed with 4 tablespoons of filtered water in a small bowl
1 cup Organic frozen blueberries or wild blueberries
2 Lemons - juiced Or limes
3/4 cup coconut water or filtered water
Stevia drops to taste
ADD: Psyllium husk, camu camu powder, inulin, maca powder, Ashwagandha
Place all ingredients except gelatin into a blender and blitz until well combined.
Add bloomed gelatin to a small saucepan on low heat. Stir until melted.
Pour in mix from blender and and stir until all liquid and well combined. Taste test for sweetness and add more if needed.
Pour into silicon mould or glass container and place in fridge to set for about an hour.
Remove from fridge and moulds and place in an airtight container. If you used a glass container the you can slice into squares. They will keep for about 7-10days in the fridge.
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