Parents of fussy eaters are often concerned that their children are missing out on nutrients.
For me a win is a recipe that ticks boxes for children but is also nutrient dense.
Enter, home-made gummies!
Unfortunately, this is where we have to go a bit off the beaten track to buy gelatin, the core ingredient, as the most nutrient dense is also the expensive, kind of harder to buy stuff! *
I usually source mine on-line, but you can find in health and organic stores. Generally, grass-fed is thought to be the best. There is also a marked difference in taste, with some having a very strong flavour and others being far milder (please ask if you’d like advice).
Although this recipe is for gummies I use gelatin in many dishes so it’s not bought for a sole dish. I add gelatin to soups, stews, meatballs, and smoothies.
I have also used whole, frozen berries in this recipe, but it’s quicker and simpler to use fruit juice, if you prefer.
Gummies are the perfect addition to the lunchbox or as a snack; high protein, low sugar and containing fruit. They can also seem quite ‘treaty’ which is never a bad thing.
As the recipe takes 5 minutes to make it’s my kind of recipe!!
* Why eat gelatin?
It helps create strength and structure for bones, skin, joints, nails, hair, and skin.
It boosts immune function and protects against viruses, bacteria, and fungus.
It heals the gut.
Good for cardiovascular health
Improves sleep quality
½ cup frozen berries (or fruit juice)
1/8 cup water
Dst sp lemon juice
½ tsp of honey (use more if you prefer sweet gummies)
¾ tbs gelatin
I softened the berries in the microwave then strained the seeds using a sieve (for fruit with no seeds this step is not necessary!)
I added the water and honey to the berry juice and heated until warm (if using juice jump straight to this step).
Then I immediately added everything to the food processor and whizzed everything together. The heat from the berry mixture dissolved the gelatin.
I poured it into a flat, glass dish and placed in the fridge – you could also use moulds if you prefer.
Once set, cut into shapes.
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/