Strawberry Jello (AIP, Gut Friendly, Paleo)

Strawberry Jello (AIP, Gut Friendly, Paleo)

DID YOU KNOW? Gelatin is a protein product derived from collagen and its unique amino acid profile gives it many health benefits.

One of those benefits includes improving gut health — in particular, protecting the gut wall from damage.

Glutamic acid (an amino acid found in gelatin), is converted to glutamine in the body. Glutamine has been shown to improve the integrity of the gut wall and help prevent “leaky gut”.

A “leaky gut” is when the gut wall becomes too permeable, allowing bacteria and other potentially harmful substances to pass from the gut into the bloodstream, a process that shouldn’t happen normally.

This is thought to contribute to common gut conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Homemade jello is a fun and easy way to incorporate gelatin into your diet. Give this yummy Strawberry Jello a try. It’s healthy jello for adults and kids–and the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

Want more jello recipes? Try my Gut Soothing Honey Lemon Ginger Jello and my Raspberry Lemon Jello!

Strawberry Jello

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup grass-fed gelatin
2-3 tbsp. honey

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add strawberries and water to blender and blend until pureed.

2. Add fruit puree into a saucepan along with gelatin and honey and whisk together. Let gelatin “bloom” for a few minutes.

3. Turn heat to low and whisk ingredients (5-10 minutes) until mixture becomes thin.

4. Pour mixture into a glass dish or into molds (I used small heart molds). Place in the fridge for 1-hour to set.

5. Remove from molds or cut into squares and enjoy!

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5 Ways to Support Digestion

5 Ways to Support Digestion

Coming from a history of IBS, I spent a lot of time and energy figuring out ways to correct my daily nagging symptoms.

That meant not only healing my gut, but supporting proper digestion so I could better breakdown food and therefore absorb more nutrients and avoid inflammatory responses caused by a leaky gut.

Here are a few ways that I support my digestive system daily. I recommend giving all of these a try or at the very least starting with one and adding to your digestive support routine in time. These simple tips go a long way especially when practiced regularly.

5 Ways to Support Digestion

1. GINGER

  • Helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract.
  • Add a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp. ginger powder to your smoothie or incorporate it into your other meals.
  • Drink ginger tea in-between meals.

2. EAT/DRINK SLOWLY & CHEW THOROUGHLY

  • Digestion begins in the mouth.
  • Chew your food 20-30 times before swallowing.
  • Sip (don’t gulp) your smoothie. Take at least 20 minutes to consume it.

3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

  • Helps prepare the gut for incoming food by releasing enzymes that breakdown food.
  • Add 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar to water and consume 15-20 minutes before your meals.

4. AVOID EATING WHEN STRESSED

  • Stress compromises your bodies ability to digest food properly.
  • Here are some tips to help: 1. Eat sitting, not standing. 2. Take a few deep breaths before eating. 3. Avoid eating when emotions are strong (sad, angry, excited) and 1-hour before or after a workout. These tips apply to drinking your smoothies as well.

5. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES & BITTERS

  • Try the above suggestions first. If you continue to deal with digestive issues I recommend trying a digestive enzyme like Digestzymes.
  • Digestive enzymes are important for people who fall into one or more of the following groups: 1. No gallbladder 2. Prior use of antacids (prescription, Tums, Rolaids, etc.) 3. Older adults. 4. Chronic illness or high stress.
  • Digestive bitters can be helpful as well. Just add to water and drink in-between meals.

Digestzymes

For optimal digestion. Say goodbye to gas & bloating after meals or that feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.