This sugar free jelly recipe is the best simple keto dessert since it contains keto electrolyte powder and gelatin, which is fantastic for your gut health. It only takes 5 minutes to make, it’s a refreshing way to have a keto electrolyte drink.
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Using Gelatin For Gut Health
You might be used to using gelatin in cooking, but you probably haven’t used it for gut health?
Gelatin powder is actually hydrolysed collagen and can have an impact on your skin health, sleep, and mental health as well. The beneficial aspect of gelatin comes mainly from its glycine content.
If you are a strict carnivore, or you eat plenty of meat and animal products, you will have high methionine levels which in turn, boost your homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels are a risk factor for serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, mental illness, and fractures.
Consuming plenty of gelatin will help balance out your homocysteine levels because glycine is able to neutralise homocysteine.
Gelatin also has a healing effect on your gut health by restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and aiding in gastric acid secretion.
I won’t go on too much about the benefits of glycene here too much, but just know that if you’re having trouble with your skin, sleep, joints or mental health, gelatin is going to be able to help.
Best Keto Electrolyte Powder
I have tried many electrolyte powders, and there are many pros and cons to using certain brands. The biggest factors that you might be concerned about when it comes to a ketogenic diet is:
- Is it low carb? (since carbs are a precious commodity on keto)
- Is it affordable? (as you’ll likely be taking it daily)
There are a few different brands that I tend to recommend to my clients, plus there is a homemade version which you can make using ingredients you might already have:
Pros – I haven’t used ultima for a long time, but in my short experience, the flavours taste amazing. They are sweetened with natural stevia, which is fantastic because it doesn’t contain sugar alcohols, and they come in single servings or big tubs, depending on your preference.
Cons – They aren’t cheap, and if you live in Australia, you’ll likely have to by them online (postage can add up).
Note: this post is not sponsored by Ultima, I’m just using their brand for this sugar free jello recipe since the flavours are so good!
Endura Low Carb Electrolytes
Pros – I used this electrolyte drink extensively whilst training for my keto marathon, and it was great! Most sports stores will have this in stock, so you’re saving on postage, and it tastes fantastic also. It’s about mid-range in terms of cost, so this could definitely be an advantage over Ultima.
Cons – They only have 2 flavours (to my knowledge), so you might get over that taste quite quickly.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp lemon juice (Limonoids have anti-cancer properties)
- 1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar (for its beneficial effect on blood sugar levels)
- 1/4 tsp cream of Tatar (which is potassium)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (which is mainly calcium)
- 1/2 tsp salt (sodium)
- Optional liquid stevia drops for sweetness
You will also need to supplement daily with magnesium if you chose this option.
Pros – This option is cheap and highly accessible. You probably have everything you need (maybe except for cream of Tatar), so you can start today. You have the option of dialling up or down certain micronutrients if necessary, so it’s a more custom friendly option.
Cons – It tastes really bad. There is no way around this, it won’t taste good. However, if you’re living life on the cheap side, this is your best option.
Other Keto Electrolytes
Here are some other electroytes which I have done research on, but never tried:
- Bulk Nutrients Carb Free & Sweetener Free Electrolytes (apparently tastes bad also, but I would expect it to taste similar to the homemade recipe)
- Aldi has an electrolyte supplement which is cheap, but it contains 2g of carbs per serve, so this may not be a great option for everyone
- Hydralyte also does an electrolyte supplement which you can easily get at coles and Woolworths, but again, contains 2-4g of carbs per serve I believe.
Why Use Electrolytes For Keto?
When you go keto, the body no longer stores as much glycogen (energy from carbohydrates), which reduces the amount of water the body can hold.
The downside of reducing your glycogen levels is that you might lose many important minerals when water weight is reduced. This means that you have to pay close attention to your electrolytes on a ketogenic diet.
Ensuring that you drink electrolytes on a regular basis can help ward off nasty side effects of being in ketosis such as headaches, muscle cramps, joint pain and lethargy (all typical symptomps of dehydration or mineral imbalances)
Best Way To Get Electrolytes On Keto
Honestly, I love making this jelly recipe for meal prep, especially if I’m going through a weight loss phase. I used this jelly recipe a lot when I went from 25% body fat to 15% body fat this year.
It adds a small amount of protein to your macros, but since there is generally a lot of volume in the recipe, it’s a great way to fill up after dinner without eating more carbs or fats, which can be problematic in a weightloss phase.
If you’re interested in losing weight yourself, I would suggest you book a 15-minute consultation with me to discuss your specific circumstances.
As a nutritinal therapist, clinical weight loss practitioner and a gut health expert, if you’re having troubles, I certainly have the knowledge and experience to know exactly what you’re currently doing wrong, and how to fix it.
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Sugar Free Jelly
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 Tbsp gelatin powder
- 2 servings Ultima Electrolytes or any kind of flavoured electrolye powder
- 2 cup cold water
- Boil the kettle (or boil water in a saucepan). Pour the hot water into a heatproof mixing jug (glass is best) and add the gelatin powder. Stir until well combined, and no gelatin powder is visible
- Next, add the electrolyte powder and stir until the powder has fully dissolved thorughout the mixture.
- Pour in the remaining 2 cups of cold water and mix. Pour this mixture into 3 jars and set in the fridge for at least 6 hours (or overnight is best)
- Will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.
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