Healthy Jello

Gelatin is incredibly good for the gut and for the joints. And when made with only real fruit it becomes a low calorie, satisfying dessert.

  • 4 Tbl Gelatin
  • 4 cups frozen (but thawed) strawberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 15 drops stevia

Blend in vitamix

Add 1 1/2 cup boiling water and blend again OR empty the blender and mix in the boiling water in a bowl. If you blend it in the vitamix, it will create a two layer jello where the top is foamy like meringue, rather than being standard jello.

Orange Jello

Sunshine in a bowl!

This recipe also works for oranges! It becomes a fantastic sunshine color! And the taste is rather amazing in that there is a play between the sweet of the orange, with the faint bitter of the orange pith taste. Orange rind, the ‘pith’ (the white substance between the peel and the flesh) contains a punch of health power. The pith has as much Vitamin C as the orange itself, and also has fiber.

“Pith also contains assorted flavonoids, including hesperidin, which may help blood vessels function better and may reduce inflammation. Another flavonoid found in oranges, including the pith and peel as well as the fruit, is naringenin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and some ability to reduce carbohydrate absorption from the intestinal tract, possibly reducing rapid rises in blood sugar after eating.”

Peel the oranges, but don’t be too critical of leaving a bit of that pith on.

Then reduce the cold water from ¾ cup to ½ cup because oranges are very juicy.

This recipe may grow on you! It has for the people I’ve served, I’m a bit addicted now.

Oranges are typically rejected in a keto, low-carb diet.  They do, in fact, have a good bit of sugar. But I do believe in moderation of all things, and I do believe that the citrus family and all their phytonutrients are valuable.  By eating oranges in gelatin form, you are slowing down the carb impact of these sugars because it will take you longer to eat it spread out over many servings – thus, your blood sugar will be kept lower, which is what we want.  It is still considered raw fruit since pouring in the boiling water doesn’t bring the temperature up all that much.  This makes oranges far more accessible in a low-carb world than just sitting down to eat an entire orange.

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