DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
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My son is 3 and he loves to eat snacks! This is a fairly new thing for him as he used to be quite a grazer when it came to eating. When we started to slow down on the the nursing (at 2yrs, ended at 3yrs) the desire for snacks increased in a huge way. Makes sense since he is a growing boy and they need good nutrients to support the rapid rate at which it happens! I try my best to provide him with high quality food and make as much of it as possible by setting aside a few hours one day a week to make 2-3 different snack options.
Homemade gelatin gummies are up there on his list of favorites. They're extremely easy to make, the flavour variations are endless and you can add other nutrients like probiotics, green powders, elderberry syrup etc to support the health of your family. My husband and I really like them too and my son likes to help me make them so its a win win for everyone in my household.
The ingredient that gives gummies their texture is Grass Fed Beef Gelatin that has with many health benefits. Gelatin is a protein which is derived from collagen. It is found in the bones, tissue and cartilage of animals. It is processed into a dried powder that is virtually colorless and odorless. Gelatin has a gelatinous and sticky texture which makes it a good gelling agent which is used in foods, cosmetics, hair products and pharmaceuticals.
Bone stocks are an excellent source of natural gelatin. Making soup from bones was a much more common practice around the world by our not-so-distant ancestors which allowed them to get high levels of gelatin into their diets. Thankfully this incredibly healing food is making its way back into kitchens giving us access to this important nutrient.
If you're not able to prepare bone stock regularly a good alternative is in the powdered form. It's important to use powdered gelatin that is from grass fed / pastured, ethically treated animals to ensure that you're getting a quality product. Not all gelatin is created equal! You may find sources at your local grocery store that are inexpensive, be warned that they are most likely coming from animals that have been raised in crowded feed lots that cause them to be overweight and sick leading to heavy usage of antibiotics. They are fed heavily sprayed GMO grains that are not the natural diet of a cow or pig which leads to an an increased need for antibiotics due to the imbalanced gut flora that eating these harmful foods can cause. Bottom line, when looking for a powdered gelatin, look for a good quality source to reap the health benefits that you can feel good about feeding to yourself and others.
Health Benefits of gelatin:
Gelatin Fruit Gummies
2 cups of fresh pressed juice (you can also use kombucha or kefir soda for extra nutrients). *Alternatively you can juice or blend 4-5 cups of fresh or frozen (thaw first) fruit/veggies. Strain juice if blending fruit*
6 Tbsp Grass Fed Beef Gelatin
1 cup berries (thaw if frozen)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Maple syrup or honey (optional)
Optional to add other supplements like probiotics (make sure liquid has cooled before adding), elderberry syrup, vitamin C, powdered greens etc.
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