When you think of super foods, I imagine what comes to mind is the likes of blueberries, avocado, kale, coconut and liver to name but a few. But did you overlook gelatine, provider of essential fatty acids that repairs, heals and nourishes our bodies?
You may not know too much about gelatine per se but I bet you're familiar with the benefits of collagen, that substance upmarket beauty firms incorporate into expensive moisturizing creams and push expensive advertising to get you rushing to buy. The truth is the quantity in those pretty little pots is so small, it'll make virtually no difference at all and that's before you even begin to weigh up all the nasty ingredients with their methyl-this and paraben-that labelling.
A far cheaper, far healthier and far more effective way is taking it by mouth. Great Lakes make two high quality gelatine products, both of which are derived from grass fed cows. Collagen Hydrolysate is great for use as a protein powder, and putting it into a drink is a perfect way because it is completely tasteless, won't gel and the hardest thing about it is remembering to do it. Collagen assists the liver in handling toxins such as chemicals and other pollutants and as well as that, it can result in improved concentration, balanced mood, more energy and an increased sense of well-being. If you take it with both carbs and fat your digestive juices are stimulated, making it gentler on the gut. Just remember, the green and red tins are not interchangeable as they both do different things. The red's function is to set liquids (think gummies and jelly/jello), the green is the Collagen Hydrolysate described above and a good first choice for those with particularly sensitive digestive systems. As with anything, your intake should be at sensible levels so start with one tbsp/day and build up very slowly over a good period of time once you know your gut healing is headed in the right direction.
I like to put collagen hydrolysate into soups, oatmeal or into a healthy drink such as this one, which makes a fantastic mid morning booster snack and would also get you off to a pretty fine start any day of the week. Better than expensive face creams, no?
spiced banana collagen shake
I always have frozen bananas in the freezer, they're perfect for whipping up an impromptu ice cream or shake. Whenever I notice the ones on the counter top are turning a little on the over ripe side, into the freezer they go!
(makes 2 large or 4 small shakes)
Print the recipe here
2 frozen bananas, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup (250ml) coconut milk (I use this one)
1/2 cup (125ml) coconut water
2 tbsp collagen hydrolysate (I use this one)
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (I use this one)
3 cloves (I use these)
good pinch mace (I use this one)
pinch salt (I use this one)
Put all ingredients into a blender and whizz until completely smooth and well blended. Serve immediately.