You all know that I just love all kinds of cheesecakes, but I am also much more of a savoury kind of person, so this recipe is just my small heaven. It can be a great #appetiser or #lunch (with a side salad for example).
It doesn’t require any kind of baking, it can be prepared ahead of time, and it is completely #balanced in terms of macronutrients- almost equal amounts of carbs, #protein and #fats (which are all essential for our bodies).
Gelatine Health Benefits
💡Why did I use pure pasture-raised beef gelatine?
#Gelatine is found in the parts of the animals we no longer consume, and is a #nutrition powerhouse!
-Rich in #aminoacids such as #glycine and #proline
-Supports strong joints, #digestive and #skin#health (due to the #collagen in its content)
Joint and Bone Health
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent forms of arthritis and it is usually caused by a breakdown of the cushioning cartilage between joints which leads to pain and stiffness. There are many researchers investigating the potential positive effect of gelatine over this health issue. For instance, in one study, patients with OA got either gelatine or placebo for 70 days, and what researchers found is that there was a significant reduction in pain (Shauss et al. 2012).
Moreover, another interesting study found a huge reduction in joint pain, at rest and during physical activity, in athletes who were given gelatine supplement or placebo for 24 weeks (Clark et al. 2008).
Skin and Hair Appearance
Some studies show that gelatine intake may improve hair growth as well as skin moisture (Rowles 2017).
Brain Function & Mental Health
Glycine is an amino acid that has been linked to improvements in brain function and schizophrenia symptoms, and it is usually found in galatine. Moreover, some studies have found a connection between taking glycine supplements and reduced symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. However, the exact mechanism of action is still not entirely studied (Rowles 2017).
Some research shows that gelatine can contribute to losing weight as it is naturally low in calories, and it is thought that gelatine reduces hunger (Rowles 2017). A study of 23 healthy individuals investigated how casein acts on hunger compared to gelatine, and researchers concluded that those who consumed gelatine had 44% less hunger cues than the other group (Hochstenbach-Waelen et al. 2009).
📝Ingredients (1 portion):
• 4 oatcakes or crackers (I used 2 Cheese-flavoured Nairn’s and 2 plain crackers)
• 50g #Philadelphia with herbs, or any other cream cheese
• 70ml Full-fat #Goats#Milk (or any other milk that you have)
• 5g Pure #Gelatine
• Savoury (a spice famous in Bulgaria; you can substitute with basil/thyme), salt, pepper
• Toppings: mashed #avocado with some #sea salt; cherry tomatoes; chopped olives
1. Crush the oatcakes/crackers with a food processor or with a rolling pin.
2. Add 15ml milk, and try to mash it into the crackers until you get a nice, creamy, porridge-like texture.
3. Press into the base of the tin you’ve chosen for your single-serve cheesecake.
4. Keep in the fridge while you make the filling.
5. Whisk together the Philadelphia, milk and spices in a small pan on medium-heat.
6. Add the gelatine (prepared according to the instructions on the package).
7. Pour mixture on top and leave in the fridge for minimum 4 hours (overnight would be best).
8. Top with desired toppings, and enjoy!
* NOT A DIETETIC/MEDICAL ADVICE
SCHAUSS, A. et al., 2012. Effect of the novel ow molecular weight hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract, BioCell Collagen, on improving osteoarthritis-related symptoms: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 60(16), pp. 4096-4101.
CLARK, K., 2008. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Journal of Current Medical Research and Opinion, 24(5), pp. 1485-1496.
HOCHSTENBACH-WAELEN, A. et al., 2009. Single-protein casein and gelatin diets affect energy expenditure similarly but substrate balance and appetite differently in adults. Journal of Nutrition, 139(12), pp. 2285-2292.
ROWLES, A., 2017. What Is Gelatin Good For? Benefits, Uses and More. [online]. California, USA: Healthline. Available from: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gelatin-benefits [Accessed 2 November 2021].