Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Super Healthy (and Kid Approved) Gummy Snacks with Elderberries and Kombucha!

Tired of all the “extras” in children’s gummy snacks? Color dyes, sugars, etc… are all too common ingredients found in gummy snacks. Maybe you want a great tasting way to get more nutrient dense real gelatin into your diet. I have adapted a few recipes I have found to make these snacks that are a powerhouse of nutrition including loads of vitamin C, probiotics, raw honey, and beneficial real gelatin.

Supplies you will need:
Stovetop safe mixing bowl or stainless steel pan
Measuring utensils
Easy Accent Decorator a.k.a. Icing Squirter (Optional-just makes things easier if you want to make fun shapes as I did)                                
Gummy Molds of choice or glass container

Ingredients List:

  • 1/3 cup Elderberry juice unsweetened (I made concentrate with an Omega juicer; there are several ways to get berries. Find a neighbor who has elderberries growing or find them growing on the side of the road to get some from, or order some dried berries online and rehydrate and boil them to get the juice) 
  • 3 Tbs Kombucha or juice of choice (I threw in some black cherry juice) 
  • 2 tbs coconut palm sugar (or to taste)                                         
  • 3 tbs raw honey
  • 2-3 tbs grass fed gelatin    (I use the Great Lakes Gelatin and get it from Amazon)               

 Add ingredients into a small sauce pan, combine them with a whisk until no lumps are visible and mixture seems even. Turn stove to the lowest setting and keep whisking until mixture is completely melted and warm to the touch. Do not let mixture get too hot to conserve all the properties in the raw honey and other ingredients.

Transfer to a pan or candy mold (here is where the decorator tool comes in really handy, but you have to work fast as it will solidify after a while). 

Pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes. 

Gummies will remain solid even at room temperature. I keep mine in the refrigerator to maintain the best texture. No need to grease the molds or glass pan. My family loves them!

Some of the benefits of Gelatin include but are not limited to these:

- Supports skin, hair and nail growth

- Good for joints and can help joint recovery

- Can help tighten loose skin

- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

- Rumored to help improve cellulite

- Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

- Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle. See site for more recipes with gelatin

Boost your immune system with these snacks and wear your foot pads at night and that’s a recipe for success!