For many of us, the word "gelatin" takes us back to the days when finding a Jell-O cup instead of an apple in our lunchbox was the best surprise ever. These days, adults are still getting hyped about gelatin—but in a way you'd never expect. They're adding it to their coffee! Here's everything you need to know about the hottest new java trend.
Nutrition lovers have been getting pretty creative with their coffee beans as of late. In the past few years, coffee has been cold brewed, fused with nitrogen, and even mixed with butter for a whole host of nutritional reasons. The latest java mix-in to take over the health food scene? Gelatin, a protein obtained by boiling animal skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones in water. Sound gross? Maybe, but it's gaining popularity thanks to its extensive list of health-boosting powers. Consuming gelatin is said to ward off aging, enhance digestion, and even alleviate joint pain. It's also a good source of the amino acids necessary for satiety and proper body function, making it a solid weight loss-friendly coffee addition.
What inspired people to start adding gelatin to their java? After the rise of bone broth, a soup made by boiling animal bones until its gelatinous collagen was extracted, people started looking for less time-consuming ways to add gelatin and collagen into their diets. Powdered gelatin, which can be found in the baking section of nearly every supermarket, is tasteless, colorless, and odorless, making it the perfect coffee mix-in for health nuts who have little time for cooking. Interested in giving this trendy drink a try? Here's how to brew a cup:
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
¼ – ½ cup of milk (any kind will do)
½ – 1 teaspoon gelatin
Cinnamon to taste
HOW TO MAKE IT
While your coffee is brewing, combine the milk, gelatin, and cinnamon in a small pan and whisk continuously for about 3 minutes over medium heat.
Pour the coffee into a mug and top with the gelatin-milk mixture.