While I have no little ones of my own right now, I have spent most of my life being a nanny, babysitter, or day care teacher and as a birth doula a large part of my life is working with families and children. That being said, I often think about the importance of feeding children nourishing food. Establishing a healthy gut and immune system as well as a healthy appreciation for real food is on of the best gifts you can give a child. However, that is a lot easier said than done when children today are surrounded by friends eating colorful non-food items that look more like toys than food and being shown commercials for junk food marketed to them by their favorite cartoon character. How are us real food warriors supposed to feed our kids offal and spinach when their friends are eating neon colored cookies?
Well, I don’t have an easy answer for you because it isn’t easy. I think the best thing we can do is educate children on why we want them to eat the foods we do so that they quickly know enough to help avoid the temptations society throws their way. In the mean time, there is no reason that nourishing foods can’t also be fun. Gummy snacks are always a popular option with kids but the kind that you can buy in the store are pumped full of food coloring, high fructose corn syrup and low quality gelatin. These gummy snacks are just as fun but will give your kids a yummy and healthy serving of real fruit, probiotics, and gut healing grass-fed gelatin. It’s a perfect option for putting in their lunch boxes or serving as an after school snack!
The good news for you is that gummies are super easy and quick to make and require no actual cooking. You do not have to be Martha Stewart to whip up a batch of these. The only trick it to pour the into the molds or the backing sheet quickly after adding the hot water, otherwise it will start to gel before you’re ready and you will end up with a mess.
How do you get your kids to eat nourishing foods? Are you surprised by what they like and don’t like?
Very Berry Gut Healing Gummies
¾ cup of frozen raspberries
½ cup of kombucha (any fruit flavor)
5 TBS Grass-fed Gelatin
½ cup of warm water
In your food processor, combine your banana and raspberries and blend until fully pureed. In a small bowl combine your gelatin with your kombucha and stir until combined. Allow it to set for one minute. It should get puffy and gelatinous. Then take the gelatin mixture and stir it into the fruit puree. Then, take your ½ cup of warm water and pour it over the fruit and gelatin mixture and stir quickly until everything has liquefied. Then pour it into your silicone molds or onto a lined baking sheet, spreading it out to about a ¼ of an inch. Set it in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until it has set. Store in the refrigerator.