I know I've spoke about gelatin in past newsletters but it's always worth bringing up again. I am sure to consume gelatin or collagen each day for both skin and gut health. Just to clarify, gelatin powder is what gels in liquids and is best used to thicken things while collagen powder will not thicken, in fact you can sneak collagen powder into so many different foods and drinks. (I do this all the time, Lammer never knows!). I ONLY recommend Great Lakes
gelatin and/or collagen which can be found on Amazon. I do not recommend purchasing just any brand...this brand specifically raise happy and healthy, grass-fed cows. This recipe calls for gelatin powder, which is the RED bottle. Gelatin/collagen are amazing for skin, hair and nail growth. It helps to tighten lose skin and even may improve cellulite. It improves digestion by healing the gut (this is a major reason why I promote and love it so much). It's also a nice source of protein and a wonderful anti-inflammatory. FRUIT JUICE:
Now, I'm NOT a fan of fruit juice - in my house I tease and call it "sugar water." Fruit is great and super yummy...fruit juice all the more because it's just a glass of concentrated sugary goodness, but usually with a few other additives that aren't needed. It is NOT something that I purchase or keep in the house, and certainly something that I don't encourage us to drink on the regular, ESPECIALLY kids! I love encouraging people to lightly sweeten their water with pieces/squeezes of fruit instead of the major sugar rush and side effects. However, for this recipe, I'm making an exception! In the world of fruit juices, I happen to kind of like what Honest
is all about. Their "summer refreshers" are totally yummy blends of fruit juice that are non-gmo, fair trade and organic. For this recipe, I used the mango lemonade flavor!GUMMY TEXTURE:
I'm a HUGE texture person when it comes to food. The funkier the texture, the more I usually like the food! Now, while I call these "gummies" we have to remember that we're dealing with real food here (not toxin-filled candies made in a factory), so that gooey, sticky texture of a Gummy Bear is not quite what these come out like. But, I still love them and hope you (and your kiddies) do to!Ingredients:
2 cups organic fruit juice
7 - 8 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
(depending on the texture you prefer for your fruit chew...the more, the tougher, the less...the more like jello)
silicone tray moldsDirections:
1. Place 1 cup of juice in a bowl and add gelatin powder. Let absorb for 30 seconds and then stir thoroughly to create a paste.
2. Heat the remaining 1 cup of juice in a pot on the stove over medium heat until steaming.
3. Add one spoonful of the juice paste at a time, while whisking. Whisk thoroughly once all of the paste has been added.
4. Pour into silicone molds. If you don't have molds, pour into cookie tray and cut with knife unto squares after it's harden.
5. Refrigerate for a good 30 mins - 1 hour before removing from trays and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week. Enjoy!