Lemon Lime Gummies

Naturally Sweet & Tart | Nutrient-dense | Protein-packed
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Nutrient-dense & protein-packed, these bite-sized sweet and tart gummies are the perfect on-the go snack, or pre- or post-meal digestive.

Gelatin gummies

Like most kids, my kids love gummy snacks, but I could never really get on board with the pre-packaged ones. They are full of sugar, heavily processed, usually have artificial colorings and dyes, and have very little, if any, nutritional value to them.

As a nutritional therapy practitioner, and due to my son’s food allergies, I am always looking for ways to incorporate more nutrient-dense, protein-packed, and gut healing foods into their diet. So, recreating packaged gummy snacks into a healthier, grass-fed gelatin based snack, was a no-brainer for me. This recipe is super simple and you only need four ingredients. In under a few minutes, you can have these gummies whipped up and in the freezer to gel up. And in under 40 minutes, you can have a delicious batch of lemon lime gummies to snack on for the week!

Why these gummies are the perfect snack for everyone

These gummies are not only a go-to snack for my kids though- I love to have one before and after meals to help jump start and soothe my digestive system. They have played a vital role in my prenatal nutrition plan as well, as consuming higher amounts of protein has been proven to help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. They will also be an integral part of my diet postpartum, since the collagen in the gelatin plays a key role in our body’s ability to heal and restore itself of vital nutrients lost during the pregnancy and postpartum period in an effort to sustain and nourish our growing baby.

Benefits of gelatin

Some of the key benefits of adding gelatin to your diet include:

*Support joint health

*Improve skin health

*Improve gut function and digestion

*Help reduce excess inflammation

*Build and restore muscle

*Support a healthy metabolism

*Promote healthy brain development and function

*Promote deeper sleep

Quality Matters: Source only the best grass-fed gelatin

Grass-Fed Bovine Gelatin

Perfect Bovine Gelatin Bottle (660 grams) - 300x300

For all of my collagen peptide and gelatin needs, I source from Perfect Supplements. I use the Perfect Bovine Gelatin to make all of my gummies because I trust the quality and integrity of the product. Perfect Supplement’s gelatin is the only one on the market to have received a Perfectly Pure Certification, tested to be glyphosate-free, is 100% natural, pesticide free, and hormone-free, non-GMO, and sourced from Brazilian pasture-raised, grass-fed cows.

Perfect Bovine Gelatin is also 98% protein and 0% fat, with each scoop equaling 10 grams of protein.

Use code GLOWING10 at checkout to receive 10% off of your order at Perfect Supplements.

Benefits of Lemon Juice

Lemons are known for their high Vitamin C content, which helps boost immunity and support your body’s ability to fight infections. But did you know that lemon juice is also widely used to help with supporting the digestive system? Drinking lemon juice diluted in water 30 minutes before meals can help you better digest your food and relieves symptoms of constipation. Lemons also help with the body’s natural detoxification system. I find that the tartness from the lemon juice in these gummies helps soothe any indigestion I may be having, especially combined with the gut-healthy properties of the gelatin.

Benefits of Lime Juice

Like lemons, limes contain citric acid, which helps stimulate the digestive system and aids in the absorption of nutrients. Like its citrus relative, limes also have antiviral and antibacterial properties, making lime juice a great addition to your diet to help keep your immune system running at optimal levels.

Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw honey is not only a delicious, natural, unprocessed sweetener, but it has really earned its stripes in the “food as they medicine” arena as well. Raw honey has a laundry list of reasons why more people should be incorporating it into their diet, but here are just a few:

*Raw honey helps with digestion by promoting the growth and support of good gut bacteria.

*Enzymes in raw honey further assist with digestion by helping the body maximize the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat

*Raw honey has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties, making it ideal for wound healing and infection prevention

The important thing to note about raw honey is that whenever possible, you should choose local honey, and make sure that it is raw and unprocessed. Processed honey, like a lot of the ones they sell at the grocery stores, have very little, if any, of their wonderful nutritional properties left, because they have been heated and processed. In every place that I have lived, however, it has been very easy to source high-quality, local honey, so check out your farmers markets, or independent grocers in your area to support your local beekeepers.

Equipment You’ll Need

Here is a list of equipment you’ll need to make this recipe, along with links to the products I use and love.

Silicone Candy Molds – You will need at least two of these, but it is always nice to have one or two extra if you want to make a double batch.

Candy Dropper

Air-tight Glass Storage Container

Lemon Lime Gummies

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 1 min Rest Time 30 mins Total Time 36 mins
Servings: 30
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Nutrient-dense & protein-packed, these bite-sized sweet and tart gummies are the perfect on-the go snack, or pre- or post-meal digestive.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix the wet ingredients

    Add the refrigerated or room temperature lemon juice and lime juice to a small saucepan with the heat off. 

  2. Bloom the gelatin

    Add the Perfect Bovine Gelatin to the juice and honey mixture, one tbsp at a time, taking care to sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid, rather than just dumping it in. Allow the liquid to rest for a minute or two as the gelatin "blooms", slowly turning from white to an opaque/translucent color. The gelatin will form a wavy-like crust on the surface of the juice mixture. 

  3. Mix

    On low heat, using a whisk, break up the bloomed gelatin "crust" and incorporate it into the liquid. If there are some remaining white clumps of gelatin, use the back of a spoon and smash them against the side of the saucepan until they are broken up. Continue to stir until the gelatin and juice are fully incorporated. Turn the burner off once the liquid starts to steam and before it boils.

  4. Sweeten

    Now that the pan is off of the heat and is slowly cooling, add 4 to 6 tbsp of raw honey to the gelatin mixture. Stir until the honey is completely mixed in. 

  5. Pour into molds

    Transfer the liquid mixture from the saucepan into a Pyrex glass measuring cup with a pour spout. You can also use a candy dropper

    Slowly pour the mixture into silicone candy molds (these are the heart ones I use).

  6. Chill

    Place the molds into your freezer for 30 minutes, or refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours. 

    Once the gelatin has set and is firm, remove the gummies from the molds and store in a sealable glass container (my favorite are these glass containers with bamboo lids by Urban Green). 

    Keep gummies under refrigeration until ready to eat, since at room temperature or warmer, the gelatin/juice mixture will return to a liquid state.

Note

Even though I am using fresh lemon juice and lime juice, you can pretty much substitute any unsweetened juice into this recipe. The only juice that I have not had great success making gummies with is pineapple juice, but have had great success with pomegranate, cherry, apple, and orange. 

Keywords: whole food ingredients, healthy treats, healthy snacks, snacks for kids, gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened, low glycemic, prenatal nutrition, postpartum nutrition, organic, holistic, high protein, Weston A. Price
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Jessica Sweet