As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am currently following the very strict elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol diet. It has helped me tremendously over the past few months and, in the interest of giving my gut plenty of time to heal, I am not planning on introducing foods back in for another couple of months.
However, outside of eliminating certain foods from my diet, being AIP has also forced me to include new, healing foods, such as organ meat, bone broth, and gelatin. These may sound strange, but each of these foods is a powerhouse of healing amino acids, minerals, and healthy fats.
Gelatin, especially, hosts a wide variety of health benefits. It improves digestion, helps heal joint and cartilage damage, and heals intestinal inflammation and irritation, among other things. It can also act as an AIP friendly protein powder for those used to drinking smoothies or eating protein bars, and it can act as an effective egg substitute in baking. (Source)
Recently, my mother gave me a container of this grass-fed organic gelatin and I began experimenting with ways to add it into my diet. Prior to going AIP I really enjoyed Gin Gins candy, especially, the coffee and the apple varieties. However, since coffee is still off the table I decided to try and use my gelatin to make my own apple ginger chews. They were super easy and quick and I have really enjoyed eating one or two with my lunch. My only recommendation would be to make them smaller than I did. The texture is good, but nobody wants a massive mouth full of gummies no matter how good they are.
Apple Ginger Gummies:
1 apple peeled and roughly chopped
1 TBS diced and peeled fresh ginger
5 TBS Honey
1 cup of water
3 TBS of Grass Fed Gelatin
Using a food processor puree your apple and ginger until it is about the consistency of applesauce or thinner. Mix honey into the apple, ginger mixture. Place a half a cup of water on the stove to boil. Dissolve your gelatin in ½ cup of cold water and allow it to stand for a minute, the powder will dissolve but it will become thick and gelatinous. Combine your gelatin mixture into your pureed apple mixture. Pour your boiling water over your apple mixture, stir quickly and pour into silicone molds, a mini cupcake tray, or use a regular glass pan and cut them apart later. Allow them to sit in the fridge for 2-4 hours. Enjoy!
For more information on healing through the autoimmune protocol diet, check out Sara Ballantyne’s book The Paleo Approach. It is packed with solid science and practical tips that have changed my health dramatically.