Off late A has been obsessed with fruit snacks and gummies. Initially he was discipline about his one-a-day multi-vitamin gummy bears but last few days, he just can’t stop at one. If he had it his way, he would have gummy bears for all his meals. I have never been a fan of the store bought gummies because of all the unnecessary ingredients. So I wanted to try making my own. I looked up my favorite food blog and tried my hands at making my own gummies. This version contains just 3 ingredients, grass fed gelatin, fresh fruit juice and agave.
Most people associate gummies to jello, but it is really important to consider what kind of Gelatin you are consuming. Gelatin is derived from collagen found in animal bones. It is dehydrated bone broth powder. It has a lot of healing powers if used appropriately.
Benefits of Gelatin
- The protein from Gelatin promotes skin health.
- Presence of abundant minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous builds stronger nails, teeth and hair.
- Minerals aid in building a healthy bone matrix.
Why Grass Fed Gelatin is the best?
Healthy food cannot come from unhealthy animals. Thus grass fed gelatin is considered to be the best . Atleast it is the least contaminated in terms of hormones & pesticides. If the gelatin you buy comes from animals that are not raised healthy, what is the point. Animals raised in feed lots consume food that make them sick and overweight. If they are fed grains rather than grass, they are prone to bad bacteria. In order to control diseases & death rates in feed lots, animals are given antibiotics, that leads to imbalanced gut flora in animals and humans.
On the other hand animals pastured on grass lead a healthier and more humane life with minimal pharmaceutical intervention. A malnourished animal will not be able to pass on the same amount of nutrition compared to an animal eating is natural diet.
Thus although it is cheaper and more convenient to buy any gelatin from the supermarket, choose grass fed gelatin.
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice.
- 3-4 tbsp. unflavored grass fed gelatin.
- Agave / Honey to taste, if required.
- Make 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. I strain it through a fine mesh sieve to remove pulp or chunks. If the juice s tangy add some honey or agave.
- In a mixing bowl add gelatin to half the amount of juice.
- Mix well to make a paste.
- Heat the remaining juice in a bowl. Add one spoon of juice at a time to the paste. Whisk well and make sure there are no lumps. If there are any lumps scoop them out with a spoon.
- Pour into silicon molds.
- If using a tray and cookie cutters, line it with parchment paper and pour the mixture.
- Refrigerate for an hour until they are firm.
- Let you child grab their favorite cookie cutter and cut their favorite shapes. Good for their motor skills.