No processed sugar, artificial dyes or colors in this delicious gummy treat! These chocolate gummies are easy to make and full of nutrition. Great as a snack for adults or fussy little people to give them a dose of healthy protein.
1½ cups cashew milk (or coconut any other plant based milk)
3 tablespoons gelatin
1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice
2-3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Or optional change of flavour:
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
Put ½ cup of the cashew milk in a bowl or large measuring cup. Sprinkle the gelatin over the milk. Set aside.
Heat the remaining cashew milk in a saucepan over medium heat, until warm.
Do not boil. Whisk in sweetener, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
Remove from heat. Whisk in the gelatin mixture until dissolved.
Carefully pour into silicon molds (or dish or cake tin).
Place in the freezer for 15 – 30 minutes, until set.
Here is one of the main benefits of gelatin as a beauty aid:
Pump Up Your Body’s Own Natural Wrinkle Preventer
Worried about developing wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks and other signs of aging? Here’s some good news: Consuming gelatin (and taking collagen directly) can help improve your appearance thanks to its positive effects on skin health and cellular rejuvenation.
With collagen being the most abundant protein in our bodies and around 70 percent of your skin is made up of it, it’s vital in your anti-aging efforts to improve skin health.
Collagen is considered a primary building block for skin and is partially what gives us a youthful, healthy appearance. It is important for the process of renewing skin cells and can also help block UV light damage, therefore protecting you from free radical damage, wrinkles and potentially even certain types of cancer.
One of the reasons we develop signs of aging is because of collagen depletion, which for most of us usually starts when we are in our 20s or early 30s and only continues to accelerate. As we continue to lose collagen, we can develop cellulite, loose skin and fine lines as a result of skin losing its firmness.
The older we get and the more we put our bodies through, the more we could use extra collagen to buffer the effects of environmental stress we all face.
Consuming more gelatin is a smart natural skin care habit because it helps stimulate new and non-fragmented collagen, not only restoring skin’s durability, but also helping you maintain strong hair, nails and teeth.
Since this connective protein consists mostly of non-essential amino acids your body can produce them on its own if your diet is abundant in them but, with age, this process becomes only slower.
The production of collagen is continuous, throughout our lifetime. In our 20’s production will slow down and that causes the skin to thin and wrinkles to appear. Illness, genetics, diet, emotions and environmental exposure can influence collagen loss.
If you are spending a lot of money on anti-aging treatments and creams or pills with little to show for it – stop! This could be the natural wrinkle cure you are looking for and be as close as your kitchen cabinet.
The most effective skincare routines to reduce wrinkles to look younger at any age are surprisingly simple. It’s better for your skin if you don’t apply twenty-two products each day, and it’s certainly better for your wallet.
Scientists have known for some time why we get wrinkles and develop other signs of age, such as sagging cheeks, as we get older. Our bodies simply stop producing enough of the substance that is required to keep our skin smooth and elastic.
You can often get an idea of how old someone is by looking at his or her face – specifically the skin. As people age, it’s normal to get wrinkles. And a person who has spent a lot of time in the sun, at tanning salons, or smoking cigarettes might have a lot of them.
When we are young, we don’t have wrinkles because the skin does a great job of stretching and holding in moisture. The dermis has an elastic quality thanks to fibers called elastin that keep the skin looking and feeling young. A protein in the dermis – collagen also plays a part in preventing wrinkles.
But over time, the dermis loses both collagen and elastin, so skin gets thinner and has trouble getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The fat in the subcutaneous layer that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear, the epidermis starts to sag, and wrinkles form.
Collagen is one of the primary structural elements of skin. As we age, we naturally lose collagen, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle.
Gelatin provides glycine and proline, building blocks for collagen, and can help your body create enough of this important protein to improve your skin’s health and appearance. In particular, several studies have shown improved skin elasticity and hydration, as well as a reduction of deep wrinkles, with collagen supplementation.
The solution is to find some way of either stepping up our natural production of that substance. Of course, no miracle cure can help you stop the aging process. Yet, there are a few things you can do to slow down this process. Mainly, it’s all about maintaining a healthy balanced diet and having an active lifestyle.
If you have cellulite or stretch marks, gelatin can help too. Even though it’s nearly impossible to get rid of natural stretch marks and cellulite, increasing gelatin can help you reduce their appearance. It can boost skin’s thickness, longevity, and make it look naturally smooth and radiant, giving you a younger and healthier look.
What age do you start losing collagen?
Collagen production, aka collagen synthesis, decreases and existing collagen starts breaking down as early as your early twenties. It’s the main reason why you start noticing wrinkles on your skin, and why it becomes duller. Just to compare, at the age of 60, your collagen levels will be twice as low as opposed to when you are twenty-one years old.
The good news is, gelatin will help you keep your skin more elastic, hydrated, and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles. It can also contribute to suppressing skin sun damage and photoaging.
Collagen is worth taking at any age. Although you start losing it in your twenties, and the effects become more pronounced after 40, you can take it later in life to make up for collagen loss, but taking it earlier in life to hedge against collagen loss later in life also makes good sense.
Many anti-aging skin cream formulas contain collagen, but most collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin’s surface. Even when collagen molecules are hydrolyzed or broken down into smaller fragments, they are still unable to interact with the skin’s natural collagen supply. This means most topical anti-aging collagen creams may be ineffective.
Gelatin gives you better hair, nails, and teeth as it contains keratin, a very strong protein found in your hair, nails, teeth and skin. It improves the elasticity of your skin and it will help improve the look and feel of your skin much more effectively then hard-to-absorb collagen facial creams and actually stimulates your body to produce more collagen.
One study showed that regularly ingesting collagen supplements was just as effective for reducing wrinkles and signs of aging as cosmetic procedures. The study stated that when ingested, collagen can directly reach the dermis in the skin, which is needed for the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to fade.
Eating foods that increase collagen production naturally, such as gelatin has been shown to effectively improve the skin’s elasticity, moisture levels and appearance. This works from the inside out reducing visible signs of aging and supports healthy firmness and plumpness for a fresh, youthful appearance.
Of course, no miracle cure can help you stop the aging process. Yet, there is a lot of things you can do to slow down this process. Mainly, it’s all about maintaining a healthy balanced diet and having an active lifestyle.
For more recipes made with gelatin check out this book “The Essential Superfood Now Missing From Your Diet” which is part of this bundle of books you can see here: Blended Bites