I’m pulling out all the stops during winter break and that means finding things to do that include the kids and keep our immune systems boosted. I cannot tell you how many cold, stomach virus and flu posts I’ve seen but thankfully only one person in our house has gotten sick all winter. Last year, when Nolan was in public school, he brought home everything known to man and it traveled through our household with a vengeance. I feel like we were all sick every week and it was so frustrating!
This year, I’ve spent more focused time on the supplements we incorporate into our daily routine and ways to sneak in medicinal ingredients in our recipes. Our children LOVE gummies so when Vital Proteins sent me a healthy recipe to try that included their beef gelatin, we were all so excited! I have dialed back on the hard and gummy candies because of how they wreak havoc on your teeth so the children couldn’t believe it when I told them we were making them. We make these every two weeks and the possibilities are endless with the ingredients.
There are many reasons why I love beef gelatin so I’m going to share a few of my favorites with you now. Gelatin improves gut health and digestion, protects joints and lowers joint pain, helps improve sleep quality, lifts mood and improves cognitive abilities, improves skin health, helps maintain heart health, maintains strong bones, and helps you feel full. As a family, we each need help in those areas so incorporating it into our team lives has been a game changer.
Here is the recipe that I used to make our gummies! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4 tbsp. Vital proteins Beef Gelatin
3 cups mixed fresh or thawed frozen berries
2-4 tbsp. honey (*adjust to wanted sweetness)
2 tsp. grated ginger
large pinch of sea salt
1. add the Beef Gelatin to the lemon juice in a small bowl.
2. stir and set aside for 3 minutes to let the gelatin bloom.
3. Add the berries, honey, ginger and sea salt to a blender. Bend on high until smooth.
4. Pour berry juice into a medium saucepan and place over medium-low heat.
5. Add the bloomed gelatin and lemon juice and stir continuously until the gelatin is melted.
6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir. Pour into silicone molds or a large glass dish.
7. Refrigerate until solid, about two hours for molds or 4 hours for a large dish.