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If you are a Jello lover, you will love these three Jello alternatives that are good for your health. Many people take gelatin as a daily supplement in one form or another, for a list of benefits that are sure to surprise you. When you think of gelatin, you might think of the popular Jello dessert that kids love. But did you know that gelatin is good for your health? While gelatin is not vegan-friendly, you can get good sources that come from grass-fed animals. Some of the benefits have having gelatin in your diet is that it supports skin, hair and nail growth. Gelatin is also good for the joints and can help speed up joint recovery. It can also help tighten up loose skin after having babies. Gelatin is also known to help improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps move food more easily through the digestive track. It may even help to improve cellulite. Gelatin is an excellent source of dietary collagen, which is interesting as it is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so using skin creams that contain collagen doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Gelatin is a good source of protein and can help build muscle. When it comes to choosing a powdered gelatin you want to make sure you get it from a good source, preferably grass fed source. You don’t want to be supporting the unethical practices of factory farming if you don't have to, and you also don't want to be eating something that uses drugs or hormones. So getting gelatin that doesn't come from factory farmed animals is important. Unless the gelatin powder specifically says where it was sourced from, and from what kind of animals, it most likely comes from the factory farming industry. A good source of grass fed gelatin comes from Great Lakes Gelatin, along with Bernard Jensen.

Agar, also known as agar-agar is a jelly-like substance that is obtained from algae. Agar was discovered in the late 1650s or early 1660s by Mino Tarozaemon in Japan, where it is called kanten. Agar-agar is a natural vegetable gelatin counterpart. Agar is white and semi-translucent, and sold in packages as washed and dried strips or in powdered form. Agar can be used to make jellies, puddings, and custard recipes as an alternative to animal based gelatin. Agar is a good alternative for people following vegan or vegetarian diets. Some of the Jello alternatives that are good for your health and taste good too include homemade marshmallows recipe. Everyone loves marshmallows, but the commercial variety doesn't offer a lot in the way of health benefits. But if you make homemade marshmallows using grass fed gelatin you can reap the benefits of well-sourced gelatin. You can even add probiotics to make them more healthy. This homemade marshmallow recipe has honey, gelatin, vanilla, and water, and are a great alternative to store bought treats. Another fun jello alternative that you can try is with some DIY children's vitamins.

You can make homemade gummy vitamins of your own, that the kids will love and that are gut-friendly, inexpensive and customizable to what your child likes. The best part is that adults can eat them too. You can make homemade chewable vitamins that are sugar-free, dye-free and delicious. Of course making homemade gelatin from grass fed gelatin is a healthy alternative to the boxed variety and uses good ingredients. You can make homemade Jello and customize the flavors, add some vitamins and even use water kefir or kombucha as the base for a vitamin and probiotic boost. A few tips to making homemade jello with fruit, jello salad, and the best jello recipe is to never add gelatin powder to recipes with fresh pineapple, kiwi or papaya. As these fruits will inactivate the thickening properties. You also don't want to boil gelatin, as it will lose its thickening ability.Thank you to Katie for sharing these best jello recipes and ideas for gelatin uses and benefits on the “Wellness Mama” site. On her site, you will find simple answers and ideas for recipes healthier families, natural remedies, natural home, health, natural remedies, beauty, recipes, motherhood and more. **

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