JELLO is a fantastic snack--and kids love their finger-food accessibility and sweetness!--but let's face it: JELL-O in a box (the kind many of us recall from our own childhoods and in-patient hospital stays--yes, the HOSPITAL!, where healing purportedly takes place) is not the best for our bodies. In fact, it's surprisingly damaging. Sure, the JELL-O box brand may be touting "sugar free!" and that's a great start, but let's break down a box of JELL-(Oh hell no) shall we? Take a deep breath:
So, instead of reaching for a box, let's make our own Jello--from scratch in a few easy steps that is actually health-purporting, not health-subtracting.
Okay, here we go.
The main ingredient we will be using to fashion our own Jello treats is GELATIN. So, what is Gelatin? Well, it's one of the most powerful healing things ever. It is essentially a dried broth powder of bone, cartilage, collagen, and minerals. Why are these so super amazing? Because they have over 20 health benefits, including anti-aging, skin purity, healing and preventing leaky gut (which pretty much everyone in modern civilization has nowadays), wrinkle prevention, eradication stretch marks and cellulite, arthritic pain relief, anti inflammation, and so much more.
However, not all gelatin brands are the same. The best I've found and swear by and use is the grass-fed beef Kosher Great Lakes gelatin. But if you have sensitivity to beef or religious convictions against beef, then be wary of this product. I am still exploring other non-beef options for gelatin, and will update my fellow accidental purists when I do.
Okay, so let's make some Jello heart treats!
1 3/4 cups 100% organic, unsweetened fruit juice of your desired flavor choice, divided in half (we use Smart Juice because it's a product we trust ingredient-wise)
1/4 cup boiled water
1 tablespoon of Great Lakes gelatin.
- Boil 1/4 cup of spring water.
- While waiting for your water to boil, pour 1/4 fruit juice juice into a medium mixing bowl and then sprinkle the tablespoon of gelatin over the surface.
- Whisk the gelatin and fruit juice all together into it starts THICKEN.
- When the mixture is thick, pour the boiling water from step #1 into your mixture, and then whisk well to dissolve the water entirely.
- When the mixture is smooth, add in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of fruit juice, and mix well to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking, and place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.
- You will know the Jello is ready to eat when you see foam bubbles on the surface (see picture below).
- Then, you can use heart cookie-stampers to cut out sweet little Jello hearts. Other shapes work great too! Get festive for whatever season you are celebrating!