Homemade Gummies are an excellent, gut healing treat.  This homemade alternative is much better than those refined sugar packed fruit snacks I loved as a kid. There are a couple of ways to make these. I love recipes that allow the imagination to run! The key is getting a good quality grass fed gelatin. This way the gelatin does not contain containments. I prefer to order the Great Lakes Brand on Amazon.

There are a lot of health benefits to adding more gelatin to your diet. The first is that gelatin is a good source of dietary collagen. Collagen is important for healthy skin, bones, and joints. I’m sure that the first thing that comes to mind when seeing the word collagen are lotions that people buy to help keep a young appearance. The cells of the body don’t work that way though. A topical cream on the top is not going to give the results that the consumption of this vital protein will. Healing happens from the inside out. So, dietary collagen, found in high quality gelatin will assist in repairing the natural detrition of aging.

Gelatin has an amino acid called glycine. Glycine helps to increase the hydrochloric acid that is found in the stomach, which is needed for digestion. Various factors can cause the levels and potency of this vital fluid to drop. One big example is stress. This acid is also important for the assimilation of nutrients into the body. Another key factor is that gelatin assists in healing gut linings. The portion of the digestion is when nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc) get absorbed into the body. Therefore, gelatin is key in ensuring that a healthy gut exists for maximum overall health.

Here are a few more great benefits that the health properties of gelatin provide: weight loss, liver detox, strong bones, joint health, hormone balance, allergies, lowers inflammation, and muscle maintenance.

For this particular recipe, I decided to use tea. I used a black tea with lavender, which is called Breakfast in Paris. What can I say, I’m a sucker for marketing. There are endless combinations though. Fruit juice is always a favorite too. See below for a recipe using orange juice, for a gummie that packs a vitamin punch!

Tea Gummies
4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
1 cup of water
3 bags of tea
3 tbsp honey

1. In a heat safe bowl, pour one cup of room temperature water. Sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow to bloom for 10 minutes.
2. While the gelatin blooms, heat 3 cups of water to boiling. Once boiling, pour into a dish and add tea to steep.
3. Steep the tea for 2 minutes. Pour the boiling tea into the dish with the bloomed gelatin.
4. Use a whisk to combine the gelatin well. While whisking, add the honey to sweeten the gelatin.
5. Place into a baking dish. Place in the refrigerator for at least a hour.

Vitamin C Gummies
2 cups of orange juice
2 tbsp grass fed gelatin
1 tsp lemon juice

1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the orange juice. Allow it to warm, but not boil. Add lemon juice.
2. While whisking the orange juice, slowly sprinkle in the gelatin. Tip: Go slow so that the gelatin doesn’t clump.
3. Pour mixture into molds or baking dish. Place in refrigerator and allow to set for 2 hours.

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