If you asked me 10 years ago to eat beef gelatin you would have seen me running for the hills. Yet here I am making gummy lollies for my kids from the stuff. I look at gelatin as a functional food as it is such a concentrated source of nutrients and most notably protein.
In clinic when I am reviewing children’s diets, they are usually always carbohydrate dominant. Whilst children need a lot of carbohydrates to keep their busy bodies going, they also need lots of protein and fat for growth and development. Gelatin doesn’t contain the fat that we need, but it is a complete source of protein. For more detailed information about the benefits of gelatin, pop over to my post about bone brothand you will find all the info there.
It is key when buying gelatin that you source if from grass fed, pasture raised animal. There is no way that you want to be eating gelatin from factory raised animals. These animals contain a lot of anti biotic, hormone and stress residues, let alone the ethical reasons for avoiding factory raised animals.
I recommend buying Great Lakes gelatin, and it is the red tin that you need for making jelly lollies. Google Great Lakes gelatin and you will find your closest supplier. I use silicone ice cube moulds to set the gummies in, there are lots of fun shapes that they kids will love.
Store these in the fridge and let the kids have a couple of them a day, and don’t forget to have some for yourself and see how your skin and hair benefits.
- • 1 cup frozen raspberries
- • 3/4 cup lemon juice
- • 2 tablespoons raw honey
- • 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
- • 1/4 cup gelatin grass fed
- Add the raspberries and lemon juice together.
- Place them into a blender and puree until smooth. If you don’t want the raspberry seeds in to gummies, then press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.
- Place the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan and gently warm over a low heat.
- Add the honey and stir well to combine.
- Add the gelatin and stir well until it is well combined and the mixture is smooth without any lumps.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into silicone moulds and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
- Removes the gummies from the moulds and then store them in airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for around 1 week.