What to feed the kids at snack time can easily turn into a sugar bomb, without even knowing it. Children have such a carbohydrate dense diet and often are missing out on adequate amounts of healthy fats and protein.
A healthy snack is often considered to be a muesli bar or some yoghurt. Yes, these can be healthy food, but many commercially made products have around 4-5 teapsoons of sugar per serve. Thats a lot of sugar for little bodies. I know what you are saying..my kids are so active, that surely they are burning off these sugars that they are eating. For kids its not so much about whether they burn off the sugar, its the effect that sugar has within the body.
- Sugar reduces the immune system when the body is exposed to it.
- Sugar feeds the bad bacteria and other infections in the body.
- Sugar reduces the absorption of other nutrients, in addition to robbing the bod of nutrients that it already has.
Need I say more…
So here is a quick and easy snack that is loaded with protein and lots of nutrients that support growing bodies. Yes, they are made in a juice base, however when combined with the protein the natural fruit sugar is slowly released into the body in a manner that it can be used, rather than to cause damage.
These gummy lollies are not just great for growing kids bodies, but they are an amazing anti-ageing treat. Gelatin is loaded with easily absorbable collagen. The natural break down of collagen as we age is the reason we develop wrinkles and other signs of ageing. It can normally be a little hard to get enough collagen in the diet, so by snacking on a couple of these gummies everyday will do wonders for your hair, skin and nails.
They key to this recipe is to source the correct type of gelatin. You want to steer clear of the type of gelatin that you find in the baking section in the grocery store. This type of gelatin is made from cow’s raised in factory farms. As I speak about often, any food products from factory farmed animals contain many chemical residues and stress hormones from the animals. Not to mention the ethical choice of not supporting factory farming.
The best gelatin you can use is the Great Lakes Grass Fed gelatin (red tin). If you google this product you will easily find a supplier in your area.
This recipe is very versatile and you can switch out the mango juice for any flavour that you prefer or that is seasonally available.
- • 4 tablespoons grass fed gelatin use the great lakes brand
- • 1 cup 100% mango juice if mangos are in season you can just blend the fresh fruit into a pulp. If it is too thick, just thin it with a little water
- Pour the mango juice/pulp into a small saucepan over a low heat.
- Measure out the gelatin and slowly pour it into the mango. Whisk the gelatin as your pour it in to prevent lumps.
- If lumps appear it ca be difficult to dissolve them. If this happen you can use a stick blender or pour the mixture into a blender to give it a whizz to help to break up the lumps.
- Once the gelatin has dissolved, pour the mixture into silicon moulds. If you don't have silicon moulds you can pour it into a lined baking tray and then when the mixture is set you can simply slice the gummies into little square.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set. Once set, store the gummies in the fridge for up to one week.