Healing Blueberry Jello

by Jordan Reasoner

Pic of Angela's Blueberry Yogurt-Jello on a plate

Mmmmm, jello.

I love eating food that reminds me of being a kid… and jello is one of those fun foods that takes me right back to childhood.

Plus, gelatin itself is one of the best foods we can eat to heal our gut!  That’s why we recommend eating bone broth so much.

Here’s a few words about gelatin from published work by our friend Dr. Siebecker (1):

To summarize, gelatin (broth) can be considered for use in the following conditions: food allergies, dairy maldigestion, colic, bean maldigestion, meat maldigestion, grain maldigestion, hypochlorhydria, hyperacidity (gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis, ulcer, hiatal hernia) inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, malnutrition, weight loss, muscle wasting, cancer, osteoporosis, calcium deficiency and anemia.

Sound like it might help you?

If you’re like me, you can only tolerate so much bone broth… which is why a nice break in the form of blueberry jello sounds just right.  And fortunetly, our friend Angela from Paleokitchenlab.com stopped by to share her amazing jello recipe (YAY, thanks Angela).

Before we dive in, please note this recipe calls for dairy in the form of 24-hour SCD yogurt.  I don’t tolerate dairy and I’ve made similar jello by removing the yogurt and it still tastes pretty amazing.  So don’t let one ingredient stop you from making your own batch (minus the diary).

[Enter Angela]

“Jello” is another way to get many of the benefits of bone broth. They are made from the same ingredients after all.  And what a fun way to eat your medicine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries (try strawberries too)
  • 3 Tbsp of Unflavored Grass-fed Gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp of Fresh Squeezed Lemon (or Lime) Juice
  • 3/4 Cups of SCD Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Hot Water

Optional: For extra sweetness add 1 tablespoon of local raw honey.

Note:  As an alternative to dairy yogurt, you can use coconut milk kefir.  Here’s a link to a blog that talks about how to make coconut milk kefir.

Directions:

  • Blend berries, yogurt, sweetener and lemon (or lime) juice and set aside.
  • Heat water in a pan and slowly melt the gelatin into the water by incorporating a little bit at a time and whisking the water as you temper the gelatin to make sure it melts.
  • Wait for the gelatin-water mixture to cool a bit (so it is not scalding) and add to blended berry mixture and stir well.
  • Pour your super-food dessert into a container of choice.  (A 9×9 pan works well).
  • Let cool for a couple hours in the fridge until it sets.  For a fancy twist you can cut the finished jello into cute shapes with a cookie cutter.

Now you can eat your dessert and heal your gut too. No guilt and lots of healing power. Enjoy.

[Enter Jordan]

Enjoy!  And let us know your fun jello ideas in the comments below.

Thank you again Angela!

– Jordan

Angela Privin is from http://diyhealthblog.com/ and emigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine at the age of 5.  She speaks Russian, Spanish, English and Gibberish fluently.  She is a former journalist in New York City and battled IBS for years before evolving into a blogger/health consultant.  In her early 20s, she got Lyme Disease and was treated with massive doses of antibiotics and NOT followed up with probiotics.  She believes this is what created the bacterial imbalance in her gut that set the stage for IBS.  She loves to cook, but she can’t follow recipes.  You’ll see that she makes up her own as she goes.

Here’s her amazing recipe site:  www.Paleokitchenlab.com

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

dkaj January 20, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Hi Jordan and Steve, Thanks for posting the recipe. Can I ask where one would go to buy the “Grass Fed” unflavored gelatin? Do you think Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s would carry this? I would love to add this to our our meal planning. TIA.

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kelly January 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

this does look delish. However, i find i react badly to gelatin. i get very anxious, my mind races and i get a bit panicky. the same thing happens with oatstraw infusions and valerian. Have you had clients with similar reactions to the same foods/herbs? any ideas why? or know someone who does?
thanks

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Emme March 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Try Amazon for Grassfed Gelatin. You’ll want the orange (bovine) or red (porcine) for this recipe. The green container is for adding to soups or drinks.

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Paige April 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I made this with blackberries and used fresh-squeezed tangerine juice in place of the lemon juice. It’s really good.

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Maria Cantillon Murphy January 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

Hello,

Just wondering could I use the above recipe for the Intro diet gelatin? I am worried about the grape juice being so high in sugar?

Thanks,

Maria

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Mariel Heiss January 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Hi Maria –

Great question!!

You can use any fresh juice (diluted) you tolerate to make the gelatin. You can also use plain water, lemon or lime juice if you’re worried about the sugar.

We also recommend you go ahead and skip the gelatin entirely if you’re very concerned about it. About 50% of people react to the gelatin and grape juice in our experience, and the important nutrients in the gelatin are also in the bone broth (intro diet soup). You can skip it completely.

Feel free to email us questions, too, at [email protected]

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