4th of July is just around the corner, and you’re probably starting to plan the menu! These Paleo Jello Stars would be a delicious, refreshing, and fun addition to your party. The kids loved them, and so did my husband, Jim. They’re also really easy to make, but I have to warn you not to use too much liquid! If you do, they won’t harden enough to make shapes, but you can still scoop it into bowls and eat it with spoons. Have fun experimenting with different types of fruit! I tried the stars with blueberries and strawberries, hoping to make them look more patriotic, but they turned pink and purple, instead of red and blue. Ha!
Did you know that gelatin is actually quite good for you? It’s honestly a little gross to think of where it comes from…the collagen in animal bones…but gelatin really is just amino acids, the building blocks of protein. It is particularly high in the amino acid, glycine, which helps your liver clean the junk out of your body. Keeping the liver healthy is especially important for diabetics, because the liver is one of the primary organs involved in blood sugar regulation. Gelatin is also good for your skin, hair, teeth, and nails, so go ahead and have fun playing around with recipes for it. I’m just getting started! Be on the lookout for strawberry-basil jello in the next couple of weeks. I think something with chocolate in it is coming out of my kitchen soon, too (shocker, right?).
By the way, you may know that I recommend using xylitol, instead of honey or other sweeteners, if you are diabetic or really need to keep the carbs low. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, taken from birch trees, that is very low carb. It tastes and bakes like sugar (no nasty aftertaste), but won’t spike your blood sugar levels. It isn’t paleo, but is generally a better fit for people like me! I sometimes will use part honey, part xylitol, just because I love the flavor of honey.
Before I get to the recipe for the Paleo Jello Stars, I’d like to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes! Let me walk alongside you on your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” May you find freedom from food habits that are destructive to a full life!