This is a #kidsinthekitchen recipe!
Knowing how to make wholesome food and being comfortable in the kitchen is a life skill!
Get your kids in the kitchen!
It is also an opportunity for quality time and real connection. I am constantly amazed at the creativity and pure joy that Mila expresses while cooking with me.
Start with something quick, easy and fun – like a gummy sweet recipe!
Mila & I make a lot of gummies!
Blood-Drop Gummies for Halloween 🙂
When it comes to gummy sweet flavours you are only limited by your imagination!
You can use any freshly pressed fruit juice – except pineapple juice that is. The digestive enzymes in pineapple juice prevent the gelatin from setting.
These are a great protein-rich addition to school lunch boxes!
(Just make sure to include an ice-pack in the lunchbox bag as these will melt in warm weather)
The gummies made in the recipe below have a tart flavour due to the Acerola Cherry or Camu Camu powder. If your kid is a fan of sour sweets, add an additional tablespoon of the powder or omit if you want sweet gummies.
Gut-Healing Vitamin C Gummy Sweets Recipe
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Saucepan
- 1 Whisk
- 1 Gummy Mold
- 2.5 tbsp grass-fed gelatine
- 160 ml naartjie (mandarin) juice freshly squeezed, split in half
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp acerola cherry powder or camu camu powder
- Place 80ml naartjie juice in a bowl with the gelatine powder and acerola powder. Stir to combine.
- Place the remaining 80ml naartjie juice in a saucepan and heat over low heat until hot (not simmering).
- Remove from the heat and stir in the honey.
- Pour the warm mixture into the cold mixture and whisk to melt all the gelatine.
- Place your gummy moulds onto a tray or plate.
- Spoon, or syringe, the mixture into the moulds one at a time.
- Place the gummies in the fridge to set.
- Once set, they will stay firm at room temperature (unless it is a very hot day) but are best stored in the fridge in a sealed container.
- They will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
Ingredient & Nutrient Glossary
Acerola cherry is a plant that is native to tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere. It’s also called the West Indies cherry, Barbados cherry, or just simply “acerola.”
It is a cherry-like berry not a true cherry with a tart but pleasant taste.
Acerola is most well-known for being extremely rich in vitamin C.
It also contains good amounts of the following nutrients:
• vitamin A
• niacin (vitamin B3)
• riboflavin (vitamin B2)
• thiamine (vitamin B1)
Traditional uses include treatment for liver ailments, diarrhoea, dysentery, coughs, and colds. Nowadays, acerola is often found in whole-food vitamin C supplements.
CAMU BERRY IS THE AMAZONIAN VITAMIN C SUPERBERRY.
The superberry has a long history of indigenous use due to its incredible health benefits and has more recently gained more scientific backing in the western world. This small, red, South American superberry grows wild along the rivers of the Amazon rainforest. Similar to tart cranberries, camu camu is usually too strong on the palate for most people to eat fresh and is, therefore, best used as an ingredient blended with juices or freeze-dried into a powder that can be taken as a supplement, added to smoothies, or blended into other foods.
Some of camu camu’s health benefits include:
- high in antioxidants that fight cell-damaging free radicals
- anti-inflammatory properties
- anti-microbial and anti-viral
- bioavailable vitamin C for easy absorption and potent immune support
- protects the nervous system
- contains antidepressant chemical: GABA
SOURCE: Soaring Free Superfoods
A very South African name for a juicy, sweet citrus fruit also known as tangerine (in America), mandarin orange (in Europe) and satsuma (in Japan).
Naartjies are an excellent source of:
- antioxidant flavonoids
- vitamin C
They have good amounts of:
- vitamin A
- fibre (pectin)
Additionally they are a source of vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Naartjies have cholesterol-lowering, digestive, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
I used naartjies as a constipation remedy for Mila. A cup of freshly squeezed diluted naartjie juice when I fetched her from school, not only hydrated her – but kept her regular too.
Gelatine powder is a flavourless, translucent substance derived from the processing of animal connective tissue and bones to extract collagen, an insoluble fibrous protein.
Gelatine contains easy-to-digest (bio-available) calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, amino acids and trace minerals.
Gelatine helps restore a healthy mucosal lining of the stomach and the colon and balances digestive enzymes and stomach acid which are necessary for optimal digestion and nutrient absorption.
Gelatine is made up of about 98% – 99% protein in the form of amino acids.
It’s particularly high in amino acids glycine and proline which are critical for giving connective tissue throughout the body its strength and durability.
Glycine also supports our gluthathione production and detoxification processes, helping our bodies to detoxify heavy metals and other toxins we come into contact with through our diet and environment.
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