I have been reading about the health benefits of gelatin in the diet for many months. “I need to do that” I kept telling myself. My options as I knew them were to just start drinking lots of bone broth, or make snacks like marshmallows and gummy snacks. Now, I know there are more options out there as far as gelatin rich foods. The bottom line is, I didn't want to have to make MORE snacks just to get extra gelatin in my body. And then one day, I read about someone adding gelatin to their coffee or tea. That's it! That is how I will get my gelatin!
So, one morning, I filled up a spoon full of my favorite gelatin and stirred it into my hot coffee. FAIL! Don't do this friends. While some of it may have dissolved, I had a big jelly ball at the bottom of my cup. Ick.
The next day I figured that I needed to add the gelatin very SLOWLY to my coffee. So, there I stood, at my counter slowly sprinkling gelatin and mixing it in. It took me 20 minutes, friends. AND, I still had gelatin balls. Sigh. There had to be an easier way.
There is! And it is super easy and doesn't take 20 minutes! In fact, you can prep your gelatin while your coffee or tea is brewing.
How to add gelatin to your coffee – the easy way
Add a spoonful of gelatin (however much you want), to a small bowl or directly to the mug you will be using.
Add cream to the gelatin and start mixing. I use a fork and start mashing it all together. Try your best to get most of the lumps out. The consistency of this mixture will vary depending on your gelatin/cream ratio. If you use a lot of gelatin, your mixture may resemble cottage cheese. Don't worry! Just mash and mix the best you can. If you don't put cream in your coffee or tea you can use room temperature water. Your coffee or tea may be a bit watered down, but you can compensate for this by increasing the strength of your brew.
Now, add your gelatin/cream mixture to the mug you will be drinking from. Pour your hot coffee or tea over the gelatin/cream and stir with a fork. The gelatin and cream will melt into your coffee evenly and completely.
Now, sit back and enjoy that hot beverage with the added benefit of gelatin! I find that the gelatin adds a fantastic silky texture to my coffee and I love it!
So, why do you want to add gelatin to your coffee?
If you search the web for the benefits of gelatin, the results are vast. One of my favorite books, Nourishing Traditions, lists various benefits to gelatin. A few that I found relevant are:
- Gelatin is a great source of dietary collagen.
- Gelatin contains certain amino acids that are beneficial to muscle growth.
- Gelatin supports joints and can aid in recovery from a joint related injury.
- Gelatin helps hair, nail, and skin growth and can tighten up loose skin!!
- Gelatin is great for digestion and liver function
Gelatin is also good for strong, healthy fingernails!!
All good stuff, right? I dragged my feet so long on getting more gelatin into my diet because I didn't want to work too hard for it. Yep. I'm lazy.
Not anymore! Adding the gelatin to my coffee is hardly any trouble and I am really enjoying it! Now it is your turn! Give it a try and tell us how you like it! I don't think you will ever go back.
Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon