MPN™ Christmas Brain Booster REAL Jello

A Brain Healthy Recipe[1]

YIELD:  8-12  1/2 cup or 16-20 1/4 cup or 9 dozen 1 inch cube servings

Prep Time: 10 mins      Refrigeration Time to Gel: 3 Hours     Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins


INGREDIENTS For REAL FRUIT JELLO                                   AMOUNT:                      

Knox gellatin packets/envelopes 4 packets
100% naturally red-colored fruit juice (e.g. Cranberry Juice or a blueberry/pomegranate blend) , cold 1 cup
100% naturally red-colored fruit juice (e.g. Cranberry Juice or a blueberry/pomegranate blend), heated to boiling 3 cups
Optional: Truvia® 3 pckts
Optional Alternative to Truvia: Coconut sugar  or raw honey 2 TBsps
Optional: Cinnamon, ground – stir into jello or add on top ½ tsp

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS For Stirring into Jello: (This adds 5-10 minutes Prep time)

Chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans or mixture

(for seniors with dental issues, finely chop or grind up the nuts) 1 cupFruit, frozen or fresh:  any kind of berry or fruit, cut as needed into pieces no bigger than a raspberry1-2 cupsOPTIONAL INGREDIENTS For sprinkling on top of Jello before serving: For snowy effect add on top: Greek yogurt or shredded coconut  ½-1 cup


  1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl and stir. Let stand one minute.
  2. Heat 3 cups of juice to boiling and stir into bowl with cold juice until gelatin completely dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in Truvia, coconut sugar or honey if desired for sweetness, or frozen berries or nuts/seeds and stir.
  4. Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
  6. Cut into desired size serving (ranging from 1 inch squares to 1/2 cup).


Alternative Variations on this theme:

  1. Vary the flavors of juice, and be sure to use 100% fruit juice!
  2. Decrease the hot juice to 2 cups, and after adding it to the cold juice and blending together, add 1 cup  yogurt (preferably low fat), for a creamy-textured dessert.
  3. Taste for sweetness; may add small amount of Stevia, honey, agave syrup, or coconut sugar to sweeten, if needed.
  4. Add 1 -2 cups of cut-up fresh or frozen fruit that complements the flavor of the fruit juice, and/or finely or crudely chopped nuts before pouring the mixture into the 13×9” pan.
  5. Serve topped with low fat Greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon, and chopped nuts and/or shredded coconut.

[1]  Even plain REAL jello has 2.6 g protein per 1 inch cube serving!   And no artificial coloring or flavors. Adding fruit and/or nuts adds fiber & other brain nutrients. Created by Cheryl Franchi, RD and Nancy Emerson Lombardo, inspired by Knox Gellatin, following the Memory Preservation Nutrition® Program. Tested at COTB in December, 2012.

© 2012 Nancy Emerson Lombardo Ph.D., HealthCare Insights, LLC   All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, Photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of HealthCare Insights, LLC.  Direct correspondence to Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D.   978-621-1926



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