Healthier Jelly

Now I know you are thinking , Jelly is a dessert and desserts cant be healthy , Well this one is a healthier one then those sugar filled packets that you purchase from the supermarkets. I will first break down each thing in the Jelly to explain a little bit about each thing.

Gelatin

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Gelatin is an amino-rich substance derived from collagen. It is most often obtained from the bones and hides of animals. In addition to Jelly, gelatin is used as a thickener in sauces, marshmallows, and other various candies like candy corn and gummy bears. As traditional foods have become more popular there’s been a surge of interest in gelatin and bone broths (bone broths are a way to make gelatin at home but if you are not sure how to go about this please use the shop stuff ). Human clinical trials are sparse; however, gelatin is touted with many health benefits due to the abundance of the amino acids within it. A clinical study showed that gelatin can benefit people with osteoarthritis. Gelatin can soothe and coat mucous membranes, which may benefit those with digestive inflammation and intestinal permeability (leaky gut). A diet rich in these amino acids can strengthen hair, teeth and nails. Glycerin, an amino acid found in gelatin, has been shown to increase sleep quality.

As with anything we consume it’s important to use the highest quality whenever possible. I recommend finding gelatin made from pastured (grass-fed) animals.

If you do not consume animal products then you may want to look into making similar herbal gels with agar agar. Just keep in mind that you may need to add a little bit more agar agar to the recipe as strawberries can affect its setting ability. Some people have even had great success with Arrowroot powder but I haven’t tried this one myself  so you would have to be willing to experiment if you want to try the Arrowroot powder.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

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Stinging nettle is a nutrient-dense plant that is both medicine and food. Herbalists often recommend stinging nettle for supporting bone, teeth and hair health — making it a perfect pairing with gelatin.

Nettle is so rich in Chlorophyll that the English use to use it as a green dye in world war II as part of their camouflage Paint. It is also rich in Iron , Silicon , Potassium. It is very rich in Vitamin A and C , has a high content of Protein and also contains Vitamins E,F,P, Calcium , Sulphur , Sodium , Copper, Manganese chromium and zinc, it contains first class calcium and vitamin D.

Stinging nettle can also decrease chronic inflammation associated with joint pain, reduce seasonal allergies, and benefit those with Type 2 Diabetes. Its great for Piles , Rheumatism , High blood pressure , Poor Circulation , Inflammation of the kidneys , Prostate issues.

Peppermint (Mentha x arvensis)

Pepper Mint

Peppermint cleans and strengthens the entire body. It also acts a sedative on the stomach and helps strengthen the bowels and is a wonderful herb to support digestion. It can increase appetite and address digestive troubles like nausea and cramping. Bowel problems like constipation.  Peppermint contains vitamins A and C  and also contains Magnesium , Potassium , Inositol, Niacin , Copper , Iodine, Silicon , Iron and Sulphur.  I love the way it pairs nicely with strawberries in this recipe .

Strawberries

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As if we need reasons to eat strawberries! They are delicious! They are also nutrient-dense and a wonderful source of antioxidants, including vitamin C. To get the most benefits from strawberries eat them quickly after harvesting. In this recipe you can use either fresh strawberries which are in season at the moment or thaw some from your freezer if that is all you have on hand .

Honey

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Honey contains a treasure chest of hidden nutritional and medicinal value for centuries. The sweet golden liquid from the beehive is a popular kitchen staple loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties that has been used since the early days of Egyptian tombs.
The antioxidants in honey have been linked to beneficial effects on heart health, including increased blood flow to the heart and a reduced risk of blood clot formation.

You can replace the honey with Stevia Drops if you don’t wish to have honey.

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Strawberry Mint Herbal Jelly  with Stinging Nettle

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This recipe is a delicious way to enjoy the health benefits of gelatin, Nettle , Peppermint and Strawberries. Helps get the kids to have something healthy without them realizing. I have also done this a few times without the strawberries if one of my little ones has had an upset tummy and that way I know they are getting the benefits of these herbs. This recipe was gifted to me by a dear friend so I am not sure where she got it from but I do thank whom ever took the time to create it.

For a rich dessert, try eating this with a side of French vanilla ice cream my children love this.

Ingredients

1 rounded tablespoon of gelatin powder (look for grass-fed sources)

2 ounces cold water

16 additional ounces of water

1/2 cup dried stinging nettle leaf (10 grams)

1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaf (2 grams)

2 tablespoons honey (or to taste) This can be replaced with some Stevia Drops , I love the Chocolate , Chocolate Raspberry or the  Berry when paired with this recipe, For the Stevia Drops you just need to add a few drops at a time and taste.

1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen ones that have been thawed) If you don’t have strawberries you can substitute for mixed berries

Method

  1. Put the gelatin in a large glass measuring cup. Add the two ounces of cold water and whisk together until well combined (about 1 minute). The mixture should form a thick gel. If you are using the Agar Agar add an extra 1/2 Teaspoon due to the strawberry factor.
  2. Place the other 16 ounces of water and stinging nettle leaf into a small pan. Bring this to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes (covered).
  3. Turn off heat and add the mint. Stir well, then cover again with a tight-fitting lid. After 5 minutes, strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer. Compost the herbs.
  4. Add honey to the tea mixture. Stir to dissolve. Taste and add more honey if desired.
  5. Pour the hot tea and honey into the gelatin mixture (this needs to be very hot water so reheat if it has cooled down). Whisk the tea and the gelatin mixture together thoroughly until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Let cool to lukewarm do not let it go completely cold or it will set on you. If you are wanting the Jelly to Look red you can add a few drops of red food colouring at this stage but be careful if you have children who react to the red food dyes.
  6. Place your strawberries in a 9X9 glass pan (or something of similar size). Pour the gelatin mixture over the strawberries. If you are wanting to get fancy you can place the strawberries in individual serving sized bowls or even wine glasses and then pour the jelly mix over the top. My children love it this way and it means I can put their ice cream on top and they think its just the cats whiskers.
  7. Place the pan or dishes in the refrigerator overnight or until it thickens into a lovely gel.

 

Have a lot of fun with this and even get the kids to help you out , They don’t have to have just strawberry , Mine sometimes add seasonal fruit in to theirs and you can even leave the Peppermint out if you wish but I do love the way this one comes together.

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