Earlier this summer we published our love letter to gelatin espousing the various benefits gelatin provides – and wouldn't you know that the very first comment we received was, “I've got the Great Lakes brand, but how do I use it?,” which was then echoed through other comments as well.
Silly me for not including at least a few ways to incorporate more gelatin in your diet! Mea culpa.
Thus, after a bit of reading on the Opportunity Health blog, I've now compiled a few of my favorite ways to easily add more gelatin to your diet. Listed below, in no particular order, are a few ways I like to use gelatin – some are practical and easy enough to do everyday, others are just-for-the-fun-of-it and might be done once or twice a year. But whatever way you choose to eat more gelatin, just know that you're doing your body good. 🙂
And if you've got a favorite way YOU like to enjoy gelatin, feel free to leave it in the comments! (Links to other recipes are welcome.)
And if you missed the original, be sure to read The #1 Reason We Should All Eat More Gelatin.
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Easy & Creative Ways to Eat More Gelatin
1. Add 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder to a cold smoothie in place of a protein powder or make your own superfood smoothie mix
3. Make homemade pudding cups
4. Make homemade gummy vitamins (which you can also make just as yummy, chewy candies)
5. Make gelatin squares (aka homemade finger jello)
6. Make homemade fruit snacks
7. Make fruit snacks with kombucha for an added probiotic punch too!
8. Make sour gummy candies
9. Make homemade jello cups
10. Eat stock-based soups – my favorites include Coconut Fish Soup, Chicken Stew with 40 Cloves of Garlic, and classic Chicken Noodle Soup (And if you want more ideas on how to get more broth in your diet without just drinking it straight, Wardeh's got some great ideas.)
11. Make marshmallows (go easy with this one, as even though you'll be getting more gelatin, you'll also be getting a heavy dose of sugar)
12. Make a simple demi-glace to spoon over meat entrees – yummy!
13. Make homemade bouillon
14. Make French Country-Style Pâté – this one isn't spreadable, it's more of a light lunch meatloaf, and it's delectable!
15. Make gelatin flu shots (the flu shot you *want* to get! 🙂 )
16. Sprinkle a 1/2 tablespoon into your bowl of oatmeal (be careful not to let it clump)
18. Top your favorite pie with a fruit gelée
19. Add it to dark chocolate peppermint cups
20. Make it into a frothy, fruity faux latte
21. Add them to coffee to make healthy energy shots
22. Add it to cookies
23. Add 1 tablespoon with your dry ingredients when making buttermilk biscuits
24. Make Vitamin C gummies
25. Make mini jello salads
26. Make a molded jello salad
27. Use it in a protein workout recovery shake
29. Make homemade gummy worms
30. Make easy homemade lunch meat
31. Add it to homemade whipped cream. (This helps it hold its shape better too, especially in warm weather!) Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water (per quart of whipping cream), warm over low heat until fully dissolved, then when the cream begins to hold soft peaks, drizzle it in while whipping and continue whipping until the cream holds firm peaks.
32. Add it to homemade ice cream, which also helps it not become so rock hard in the freezer. Soften 2 teaspoons of gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water (for the standard recipe that makes 1 quart of ice cream), warm over low heat JUST until fully dissolved, then whisk it into the ice cream mix prior to churning. (I actually like to use a blender to mix the ice cream ingredients anyway, and this makes adding gelatin all the easier.)
33. Make a glaze for fresh fruit
34. Add it to your no-bake cheesecake or raw cheesecake. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water, warm over low heat until fully dissolved, then stir into your cheesecake batter and pour immediately into your prepared crust or prepared pan. Chill as usual.
35. Make chocolate custard
36. Make jellied cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving table (or anytime!)
37. Fill empty gel caps and drink with a glass of water
Which leads me to the last but certainly not least tip: the way I usually get more gelatin in my diet is the absolute most boring-est way of all:
39. Stir 1 tablespoon into a large glass of cold water and drink it all at once (meaning, don't let it sit and don't sip it)
So, there are 35 or so ways to start to get more gelatin in your diet! Do you have other favorite ways to eat gelatin? Please tell us in the comments!