Gut Happy Gelatin Smoothies – Because a Happy Gut Leads to a Healthy Life – 2 Easy Peasy Recipes

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I may seem weird but healthy food excites me, it makes me happy. Creating something new and teaching others the benefits of “Just Eating Real Food” (JERF) is invigorating. Every year I am able to help people get healthier by a class or recipe I feel extremely blessed. So many people are sick these days. When I go to church it’s almost weekly that I hear people asking to keep their beloved moms and dads, aunties and grandmas in my prayers.
From constipation to fibromyalgia, allergies to IBS, everyone seems to have something wrong. And that is why I just love sharing this recipe for my Gut Happy Gelatin Smoothie. Not only does it taste great, but it tackles a whole lot of issues plus it is fairly inexpensive to prepare. And as you can see in the pic above we also like to mix some gelatin into our occasional cup of organic coffee.

Before we get into the recipes lets discuss some of the benefits of gelatin and why I choose to consume it daily in the form of homemade broths and in powdered form from Great Lakes.

Gelatin Helps Heal Your Gut
In the past, my husband suffered with IBS, Diverticulitis and other digestive problems. Like many people he would routinely pass gas after eating almost any meal. This unlike what people may believe is not normal. Excessive passing of gas, especially foul gas is not normal and is a sign of gut issues and possibly a sign of leaky gut.
For my husbands disadvantage, an injury to his tailbone contributed to the development of an abscess that lead to 4 emergency surgeries and caused extensive damage to his gut.  Although his surgeons said he could eat anything he wanted and that probiotics and fermented foods would not help him, we followed our gut (no pun intended) and continued to include high amounts of them in his daily diet.

Needless to say our diet high in nutrient dense foods like gelatin from grass-fed cows and fermented foods was and is an essential part for furthering his healing and eliminating his digestive issues in addition to aiding his body in preventing infection and reducing inflammation.
Gelatin “can also improve gut integrity and digestive strength by enhancing gastric acid secretion and restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach; low stomach acid and an impaired gut barrier are two common digestive problems in our modern society. Gelatin also absorbs water and helps keep fluid in the digestive tract, promoting good intestinal transit and healthy bowel movements.” Source
And why is a healthy gut important you ask? Well because if your gut is unhealthy or leaky you will most likely suffer from many inflammatory issues including but not limited to asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, celiac disease, IBS and even psoriasis. I learned this from personal experience in helping and educating others and over a decade of research on gut dysbiosis and inflammation.

Gelatin Improves Digestion
“Today many people have solved their digestive problems by following the food combining rules popularized in the bestseller Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond (Warner, 1985), which was inspired by the work of natural hygiene pioneer Herbert Shelton. Particularly pertinent here is the rule that warns us never to eat protein foods with starches. The reason is that they are supposedly digested on different timetables in the gut, upping the likelihood of indigestion.  Dr. Pottenger, however, found that if gelatin is included as part of the meal, digestive action is distributed throughout the mass of food and digestion of all components proceeds smoothly.” Source

“A more recent theory that has helped many people’s digestion is laid out in the book Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter J. D’Adamo (Putnam, 1996). Yet the very grains that Dr. D’Adamo has found to be a problem for people with Type O bloods are easily digested if soaked, then cooked in a gelatin-rich broth. Type A people–who typically lack the abundant secretions of hydrochloric acid (HCl) necessary for easy digestion of meats–find meats far easier to digest if they are served with a gelatin-based gravy, cooked in a gelatin broth or served after drinking a cup of properly made soup and, as we have seen, gelatin may even increase their production of HCl. Finally gelatin can alleviate the allergic reactions and sensitivities that Dr. D’Adamo has related to blood Types B and AB. Thus gelatin not only opens up the dietary possibilities for each blood type but can prove a boon for married couples of different blood types who would obviously prefer to eat the same meals.” Source

Gelatin Helps with Joint Pain and May Diminish Menstrual Cramps
This is by far one of my favorite reasons to use gelatin on a daily basis and share its awesome benefits with friends and family. “Hydrolyzed gelatin products have long been used in pharmaceuticals and foods; these products are generally recognized as safe food products by regulatory agencies. Pharmaceutical-grade collagen hydrolysate (PCH) is obtained by hydrolysis of pharmaceutical gelatin. Clinical studies suggest that the ingestion of 10 g PCH daily reduces pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip; blood concentration of hydroxyproline is increased.” Source
“Research at Ball State’s Human Performance Laboratory showed a gelatin supplement to have a positive effect on joint pain and stiffness in athletes.” Source
Over the years as I have increased my consumption of gelatin I have also noticed a huge reduction of menstrual cramps and discomfort, which is an added benefit for us gals!

Alrighty then, now that we have our factoids straight lets jump right into my recipes shall we?
I must say that this recipe is very easy and can be prepared in just a few minutes. You can also freeze a similar version in popsicle molds to enjoy later ( check below for this additional recipe).

Gut Happy Gelatin Smoothie – Banana Strawberry 
GAPS, Paleo, Primal, Sugar Free, Grain Free

Serves 4

2 over ripe bananas (with lots of brown spots)
2 cups organic strawberries (frozen or fresh)
4 tbsp organic unsweetened applesauce
2 cups of homemade water kefir (for added gut health) or plain filtered water or homemade coconut milk
1 cup of organic cilantro with stems washed and tightly packed (high in antioxidants and antibacterial properties)
3 tbsp of Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate or 2 tbsp of Grass Fed Gelatin diluted in 1/4 cup of warm water then tossed into blender with other ingredients
For a great write up on the differences between these two types of gelatin check out The Butter Believer’s article.

Place everything in your blender starting with the cilantro and blend until smooth.
Serve in a chilled glass and enjoy!

Gut Happy Gelatin Smoothie – Pumpkin Latte Bliss
GAPS, Paleo, Primal, Sugar Free, Grain Free

Serves 4

1 cup organic pumpkin puree (fresh is best but canned is fine just watch out for added junk fillers and sugar)
1/4 cup organic coconut meat/butter
2 cups homemade coconut milk or homemade almond milk (if you must cheat you can use canned, In emergencies I have used this brand)
3 tbsp of Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate or 2 tbsp of Grass Fed Gelatin diluted in 1/4 cup of warm water then tossed into blender with other ingredients
4 tbsp organic unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbsp raw honey
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of powdered vanilla or 1 tsp of pure alcohol free vanilla extract
pinch of all spice
++ If coffee is tolerated replace 1/2 cup f coconut milk with freshly brewed organic coffee or Teccino which tastes like coffee but is not.
Note that coffee should be avoided when fungal or yeast infections are present as some brands of coffee can often be contaminated with pathogenic mold.

Place everything in your blender and blend until smooth. Feel free to top with a little coconut cream or carob powder and enjoy!

Tip – Try freezing this smoothie in popsicle molds and enjoy later on. I find that they last frozen for about 1 week without affecting taste and quality.

Hope you enjoy these easy peasy recipes and will share them with your friends and family. Need to learn more? Check out some of the classes I offer here.
May you and yours be healthy!

God bless you.
LCO

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