With only 4 more days until the start of The 100 Day Gelatin Challenge, I wanted to motivate and inspire you all with some great ways to incorporate gelatin into your diet. I believe that in order to cultivate healthy habits, we need to have fun while doing it. Here are some easy, fun, and tasty ways to obtain your daily dose.
Remember, I am participating in this challenge right along with you. I have not yet tried the recipes I am providing links for below. We will be experimenting together, so please feel free to share your experience, either in the comments below or on the group page on Facebook – 100 Day Health Challenge – Glorious Gelatin.
I am super excited to try some of these! Let’s go!
THE SIMPLEST WAY: Stir 1 tablespoon of collagen hydrolysate into a large glass of cold water and drink. (Note: If you use straight gelatin, you will want to drink it up all at once. Don’t let it sit and don’t sip it, or it might gel and you’ll be swallowing a big glob of water… sounds delicious doesn’t it?!)
THE BEST WAY to obtain gelatin, in my opinion, is to make your own homemade bone broth. I will add, I completely understand that it is unrealistic of me to think that everyone of you will be able to make bone broth on a consistent enough basis to be able to consume the amounts I am encouraging you to during this challenge. Heck, I’m pretty sure I won’t even be able to keep up with the demand with the pace of my life at present either. So, I encourage you to get a bottle of collagen hydrolysate and/or gelatin. It is always handy to keep a jar on hand, and it’s much easier to travel with.
Here are some Not So Obvious Ways to get your gelatin:
Add To Coffee or Tea – great instructions over at Oh Lardy!
Immune Boosting Elderberry Jigglers – Rooted Blessings
Homemade Vitamin C Gummies – Eat Play Love More
Kefir & Fruit Gelatin Dessert – Real Food RN
Healthy Gummies for Cold, Flu & Sleep – Real Food RN
I have tried making these with probiotics (powder from capsules) and magnesium powder (Natural Calm) and found both to be quite awful. So I am looking forward to trying some more natural means of getting the probiotics and vitamins.
Soups and Stews
How To Thicken Soup With Gelatin – Everyday Life
Panna Cotta – Nourishing Joy (Here are countless other flavor possibilities)
Crustless No Bake Cheesecake – Coconut Mama
Allergy Friendly Chocolate Custard – Gnowfglins
Silky Banana Bread Bites – 20 Something Allergies
Superfood Chocolate Pudding Cups – Health Starts In The Kitchen
Trifle Cakes – Strands Of My Life
Egg Nog Pudding – The Grass Fed Girl (great for the Holidays!)
Nourishing Joy had these great tips:
- Add it to homemade whipped cream to help it hold shape better – Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water (per quart of whipping cream), warm over low heat until fully dissolved, then when the cream begins to hold soft peaks, drizzle it in while whipping and continue whipping until the cream holds firm peaks.
- Add it to Homemade Ice Cream, which also helps it not become so rock hard in the freezer. Soften 2 teaspoons of gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water (for the standard recipe that makes 1 quart of ice cream), warm over low heat JUST until fully dissolved, then whisk it into the ice cream mix prior to churning. (I actually like to use a blender to mix the ice cream ingredients anyway, and this makes adding gelatin all the easier.)
Miscellaneous Kitchen Creations
Grain-Free Sandwich Wraps – Real Food Outlaws
Grain-Free Butternut (or Sweet Potato) Flatbread – Empowered Sustenance
Paleo Pizza Crust With Green Plantain – Collagen Queen
Egg-Replacer – The Curious Coconut
Health & Home
Skin Mask – While gelatin is most effective when used internally, and collagen is said to be too large to be absorbed by the skin, it still seems to help smooth and strengthen the skin. Here’s another tip from Wellness Mama: Mix 1 tablespoon gelatin with 2 tablespoons warm water and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
DIY Pore Strips – The Crunchy Moose
Liquid Lullaby Sleep Tonic – Real Food Girl: Unmodified
Hair Treatment: I am really curious to try this out after reading Wellness Mama‘s post. She said this is an intensive conditioning and strengthening treatment.
To make, carefully whisk 1 tablespoon of gelatin into 1/2 cup of room temperature water until well mixed. Add 1/2 cup warm/hot water, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1-2 teaspoons of honey to create a thick gel/liquid. Pour into hair and massage through hair and scalp. Leave on for at least 5 minutes and rinse with warm/hot water. Shampoo as normal. (It is suggested to do this up to a few times a week to get desired hair thickness/strength and then once a week for maintenance.)
For those of you wanting to support your children’s health, here is a great article for you:
How to Sneak Extra Nutrition into Your Kids – Divine Health
For 80 More Ways to use Gelatin, head over to Delicious Obsessions or click on the link provided.
There you have it, more than 30 ways to get started incorporating more gelatin into your daily diet. Have fun with it! And please feel free to share some of your favorite ways to consume gelatin in our comments section below.