I don't know about you, but making packaged jello was one of the coolest things when I was a kid.
It felt like magic - mixing the powder into hot water and watching it turn into a jiggly, yummy treat in a matter of hours in the refrigerator.
But since learning about the nasty processed ingredients in those packages, I've been missing out on the jello fun as an adult. But all is not lost, because I've rediscovered the healing benefits (and fun magic) of using naturally occurring grass-fed gelatin. Gelatin is an amazing ingredient. It helps to rebuild cells all throughout your body - from your gut to your liver to your hair, skin, and nails. Not to mention it's great for healing poor digestion and hormone imbalances. You can read more about the benefits of grass-fed gelatin here.
And since it's the season for coughs and sniffles, giving your body access to immune-building nutrients and healing herbs is especially important this time of year.
Enter: Herbal Jello Shots
Taking the fun and health benefits of gelatin and combining it with delicious fruit and vegetable juices plus healing herbs.
I used fresh, unsweetened apple juice combined with cinnamon and fresh ginger, but here are some other possible combinations you can try:
Apple + Carrot Juice with Fresh Ginger
Apple Juice with Fresh Mint
Pomegranate Juice with Fresh Lemon Balm
Orange Juice with Fresh Ginger
Orange + Carrot Juice with Echinacea
*If you don't have fresh herbs, you could also brew some tea with the herbs in it (like echinacea, chamomile, or peppermint tea)
Herbal Jello Shots
- 3 tbsp gelatin (I use this brand of grass-fed gelatin)
- 3 cups fruit juice or tea, heated with herbs
- 1 cup cold fruit juice or tea
Heat 3 cups of fruit juice over medium heat and add in your herbs. Simmer for 10 mins, then take off heat. Add the gelatin to the cold fruit juice and stir until dissolved. Then add in the heated juice, mix well, and pour glass pan. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, until firm. To serve, cut into 1 inch cubes.
I keep a dish of jello shots in my fridge to snack on throughout the week. It feels like a total treat every time I pop one in my mouth, like an after school snack!
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