Fruity gummies are a great way to treat your kids without the extra sugar, and an ingenious way of sneaking in any supplements they might need that may not otherwise reach their tummies. They work well for powdered supplements or probiotics. Speak to your health care practitioner before using supplements. Gelatine is a naturally occurring collagen generally sourced from beef, so is not suitable for vegans, however, these gummies can be made with a vegan friendly gelling agent called agar agar (substitution instructions below).
Gelatine is beneficial for gut and joint health, for skin, hair and nail growth, and for building muscle. It is a good source of protein (surprised?!) with around 6g of protein per tablespoon, and a great amino acid profile. Lysine is great for skin health, and is particularly useful for cold sores. Glycine has many essential roles in the body such as the synthesis of haemoglobin, DNA and RNA, and for detoxification.
The added benefit of using vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables means that the proline and lysine can be utilised more effectively, so give berries and kiwi gummies a try!
Preparations time: 30mins
Setting time: 30mins
Makes: 20 approximately
1 cup fruit or vegetable juice (e.g. apple, beetroot, raspberry, pear)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tbsp honey, maple or rice malt syrup
3 tbsp gelatin powder
Replace ¼ cup of the juice with coconut milk for a creamy gummy.
For vegan gummies, replace the gelatin with agar, and add to the mixture when heating the juice.
For low oxalate gummies, try apple, peach, passionfruit, grape or pear juice.
For a GAPS friendly version, use honey to sweeten.
For low salicylate gummies, try apple or pear juice and sweeten with maple syrup.
For FODMAP friendly gummies, try grape, passionfruit or raspberry juice and sweeten with rice malt or maple syrup.
For a low amine option, omit the lemon juice and try pear or apple juice.
Created by Melbourne Paediatric Naturopath Bree Jenner