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Pronounced: Gel-a-teen. No, I’m not talking about the stuff your teenage brother put on his hair! With the Budget speech out of the way and knowing that “Aikona, Bru, your Moolah isn’t going to last you up to the next street corner!” we need to start looking at ways to save, yet improve our health. So then, if you have a sweet-tooth like me, like to have a snack, or, in general just want stronger & healthier hair and nails, stronger bones and sleep like a baby, try the following additive and recipe. Gelatine is lacking in our diet today due to our eating habits of processed meats & steaks.Think for a moment… its beef steak, chicken steaks and even fish steaks we order from the menu mostly or prepare at home, since cooking the meat from the bones have become a tedious process in our fast-pace lifestyle and that process is exactly where the gelatine gets lost from our diet. We even buy soup by the packet or sachet. Fortunately most countries have a gelatine association with facilities that extract & process these flavourless, translucent products and you will be able to find it at your local health store, supermarket or pharmacy. I will discuss gelatine – yes, a Super-food, in detail, in a later blog, but for our health and pocket purpose today I shall tell you about two ways to incorporate gelatine in your eating plan and be all the better for it. Firstly you should know that gelatine is simply cooked collagen, dried to a powder, which, when used, will turn into a gel.Collagen Hydrolysate is cooked collagen which has been heated to higher temperatures and then treated with enzymes and also dried and sold in powdered forms, but does not gel. Very high quality products from the Great Lakes branded manufactures can be bought online in South Africa from: www.http://shopping.all4women.co.za/Great-Lakes-Gelatin-Collagen-Hydrolysate

You can add the Collagen Hydrolysate Gelatine to your smoothies, tea, coffee, shakes or condiments like tomato sauce etc.

Make your own healthy fruit snack with Gelatine & save some bucks:


2/3 cup fresh lemon juice or fresh orange juice
2/3 cup frozen or fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries or strawberries)
1 – 2 Tbs honey
5 Tbs gelatine


  1. Pour juice and berries into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat setting, stirring occasionally until berries become tender and begin to soften.
  2. Add honey and stir until completely incorporated. You will want the fruit to dissolve quite a bit until you have compote.
  3. Turn the heat off, and quickly whisk in gelatine one tablespoon at a time. Whisk vigorously until completely incorporated, mixing the gelatine in very gradually to avoid lumps.
  4. Puree mixture using a blender
  5. Pour into a glass dish. Refrigerate until set (30 minutes to an hour). Cut in small squares.

Note: Don’t pull a muscle over the spelling of Gelatin vs Gelatine. The one is US and the other UK spelling forms.

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