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Healthy & Wholesome Gummy Treats!
Awesome & Healthy Alternative
Kids love gummy snacks and the variety of these sweet treats that are available on the market seem endless. Some brands are healthier than others, but even the organic ones are full of added sugar.
So, what’s a mom to do if her kids love gummy snacks but she doesn’t want to overload her kids with sugar? Simple…make healthy, wholesome, homemade ones!
Skip the Sugar
Sugar, even organic sugar, causes inflammation in our bodies and weakens the immune system. It is full of empty calories and has no nutritional benefit whatsoever. Sugar has been linked to diabetes, tooth decay, cancer, liver disease, heart disease, lowered/impaired immune function, and has also been proven to trigger the brain in much the same way as cocaine. Yuck!
Sadly, added sugar is found in almost everything, but there are ways we can avoid sugar overkill in our kids and you don’t have to be a super crunchy mom or have tons of time on your hands. If you can mix up a box of Jell-O then you can make all natural, sugar free gummies that actually have a ton of health benefits!
Simple and So Good!
Before I go on, the fruit gummy snacks that I’m going to talk about and share with you are not vegan, however they are Kosher. For vegans and vegetarians, the gelatin can be replaced by agar, but for today, we’ll stick to the gelatin.
All you need to make these healthy gummy snacks is water, Kosher gelatin powder, and 100% pure fruit juice. For added taste and/or nutrition you can also add pureed fruit, honey, kombucha or kefir.
I prefer to use kosher, grass-fed gelatin because it is full of protein, collagen, and contains a virtual cornucopia of beneficial amino acids. I also like to go for organic fruit or veggie & fruit mix juices as well as some raw honey or Manuka honey for added taste and enzymes.
You can use a shallow baking pan to create a sheet of gummy goodness that then you and your children can cut into shapes with a cookie cutter, or you can use a silicone baking mold which you can find with all kinds of fun shapes like LEGO bricks, flowers, vehicles, geometric shapes, animals, and gingerbread men.
Simple, Pure Ingredients
To make your healthy gummies, you’ll need:
*1/2 cup of cool water
*1/2 cup of boiling water
*1/2 cup of powdered gelatin
*1 rounded tablespoon of raw honey (optional)
*1 cup juice
*1 cup fruit puree (optional)
Once you have all of your ingredients and your pan or molds, you are ready to go. You will want to make sure that all of your ingredients are right at hand since the gelatin sets rather quickly.
Just a Few Simple Steps!
Just a few simple steps…and voila!
*Add ½ cup of cool water to a medium sized glass bowl.
*Add gelatin powder and whisk quickly until the gelatin and water become a thick paste.
*Quickly add the ½ cup of boiling water and continue to stir quickly.
*Once you have a dense yet still stirrable paste, add the tablespoon of honey and the cup of fruit juice and puree. Keep on whisking until everything is nicely blended. If you aren’t adding honey or puree then skip to the next step.
*When you’ve achieved the desired texture and mixture of gelatin and juice, pour the contents into your shallow pan or silicone mold and place in the fridge.
*Leave it in the fridge for 1-2 hours and enjoy! Yep..that’s really it!
You can keep these healthy gummies in the fridge for up to a week, but they’ll probably be gone before the week is up!
You can also make several other versions of these delicious and healthy gummy snacks with added vitamins, like Vitamin D drops or a liquid multivitamin. For an extra immunity boost add Elderberry Syrup or Sambucus to keep the cold and flu season at bay. For a nice sleepytime snack, add cooled chamomile tea to the mix. The options are limitless!
Healthy Snacks for Healthy Kids!
The next time you cringe at the thought of your kids eating yet another sugar filled snack, organic or not, grab these simple ingredients, toss them together and for even more fun, let the kids help! Guaranteed good times and good health!