The beautiful green colour comes from spirulina and chlorella, giving the jello an extra nutrient boost. Made with real food, honey-sweetened, this healthy limeade jello is good for you and suitable for the Paleo and GAPS diets.
Once an occasion to go out with friends, is now my opportunity to promote green vegetables to the kids, evident in what I made on St. Patrick’s Day last year. My kids declared I don’t make enough sweet treats for them. I totally own that. Therefore, this year before St. Patrick’s Day arrives, I embarked on a project to test out a real food green “jello” snack.
Did you know that home-made jello, without the artificial colouring and flavour, can actually be good for you? Let me break it down for you.
Collagen and Gelatin are Essential for Health
What makes the jello gel: gelatin being the broken-down collagen protein is so essential for healthy gut, joints, skins, hair and nails. As we age or when we are ill, our bodies no longer produce enough collagen, so I hope you are eating plenty from your foods – the best source is broth made from bones and connective tissues.
I certainly make an effort to eat and talk a lot about the benefits of collagen and gelatin, and the consumption of soup and broth on this blog.
Related: Collagen-Rich Soup and Broth You Will Love
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- Leftover Turkey Carcass Broth
- Chinese Herbal Healing Oxtail Soup
- Adrenal Support Chinese Herbs And Pig Stomach Soup (四神汤)
Pasture-Raised Bovine Gelatin
For my limeade jello, I used this gelatin made from Brazilian pasture-raised cows, free of hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. (Find my discount code below.)
Related: More Tasty Recipes Using Gelatin
- No-Cook Golden Milk Coconut Mango Pudding (Paleo, AIP, GAPS)
- Healthy Gummy Lego Candy (Paleo, Whole30)
Aquatic Greens: Spirulina and Chlorella
Spirulina and chlorella are fresh water algae, therefore called aquatic greens. In addition to having the most beautiful deep bluish-green colour that is perfect to replace the yucky green food colouring, aquatic greens have some impressive health benefits: from assisting in heavy metal/radiation detox, to being an excellent plant protein and extremely nutrient-dense. The list is so long that I won’t go into details, but I will leave you 2 articles to satisfy your curiosity:
Both spirulina and chlorella powders are readily available in the health food stores. You can choose either one based on the health benefits you prefer. I used an organic aquatic greens of 50/50 blend in this recipe for the pretty green colour. (Find my discount code below.)
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Healthy Limeade Jello (GAPS, Paleo)
- Slightly cool the mixture until warm to the touch, dissolve raw honey in the mixture completely.
- Squeeze the juice of limes into the mixture. (I use this lemon squeezer.)
- Add the cold green mixture into the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Combine evenly.
- Pour the final mixture into a wide glass container or baking tray. For individual servings, use small cups or ramekins. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- If using a wide tray to make jello, after the mixture gels, cut into small bite size shape. If using small cups or ramekins, serve directly as jello cups.
- To preserve the health benefits of raw honey, do not add raw honey in hot water. Warm water will help the honey to dissolve faster than using cold water.
- To preserve the health benefits of aquatic greens, do not add them into hot water directly.