Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!
Our little Valentine would like to say happy Valentine’s to her fur friends ;]
I just can’t handle these.
For Valentine’s Day…I think of chocolate. And what better way to get in your chocolate with a boost of gut health?
I’ve spent years dealing with stomach troubles and I truly believe that our gut is our “second brain”. Our gut has actually been linked to our emotional health for years and for good reason.
The second I feel anxious or nervous, my gut takes the hit. I call it my “nervous stomach” because I can literally feel it start to change and flutter.
It’s amazing how they correlate for me, personally, if my digestion is off then so am I. My mind is so much clearer when my bowels are…if you are catching my drift here ;]
I’ve made a lot of changes over the years to try and improve gut health and something that I’ve found to be helpful is incorporating collagen and gelatin into my day.
The simplest way for me to get them in is through my coffee every morning, which I’ve talked about here before.
I love my Great Lakes Gelatin in my frothy coffee (iced or hot) every day for help with skin, hair, nails, gut health, & recovery.
(Use code “GLGpowercakes20” for 20% off of your order).
But what’s the difference
between Collagen & Gelatin?
Gelatin, just like the name states, is a “gel” like consistency which makes it thicker at colder temperatures.
Gelatin is a cooked version of collagen which makes it dissolve in warm liquids whereas collagen powder can be mixed in cold or hot beverages.
This gel also helps coat the digestive track which can benefit the gut in so many ways.
Both have the same nutritional profile and benefits but the amino acids are broken down in collagen hydrolysate, it may easier to digest for some and absorbed by the body faster.
Also, Great Lakes Gelatin is sourced from Grass-Fed cows which makes it’s a super high quality product.
I mainly use collagen hydrolysate in my coffee everyday for the convenience factor and that some days I drink iced coffee over hot.
But, I do love traditional gelatin as well for making gummies, which is exactly what I’m sharing with you today — just in time for some Valentine’s lovin’…for your gut!
These are super simple to make!
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Cashew Milk
- ¼ Cup Stevia Baking Blend
- 2 TB Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 TB Great Lakes Gelatin
- 1 TB Dark Cocoa Powder
What To Do:
- Place your silicone molds on cookie sheet (it’s easy to transport!)
- Whisk together the cashew milk, stevia baking blend, cocoa powder and vanilla in a small pot.
- Sprinkle the Great Lakes Gelatin over the blend and whisk thoroughly.
- Heat your liquid over low heat for 5 minutes — do not bring to a boil. You want to just heat the liquid thoroughly!
- Once warmed, pour into your molds.
- Place your silicone molds into the fridge and let sit for 45 minutes or more to set & firm.
These little bites pack from protein, gut health, healthy fats, & give you that sweetness you’re looking for.
I hope you try these out and enjoy them!
Have a great Valentine’s Day,