DIY healthy gummies

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Oh, gummy bears…. Sigh…. I love how delicious you taste, but I seriously dislike your sugar content, fake coloring, and lack of nutrition. I don’t know about you, but when I give my kids (or myself for that matter) a treat, I always prefer it to be healthy!

Here are my criteria for healthy treats:

They need to be-

•Whole food based
•Refined sugar free
•Free of artificial coloring
•Tasty
•Nutritious

Wouldn’t it be awesome to feel good about giving your kids gummy treats?Well, I have good news! I have just the recipe for you. DIY healthy gummies. This is my kids’ favorite way to eat more healthy gelatin (I do put it in their smoothies too). These gummies are made with fruit and grass fed gelatin. They are gluten free, refined sugar free, and dairy free!

Here are some of the benefits of healthy grass fed gelatin.

1. Gelatin is contains a good amount of protein. With 6 grams of protein per tablespoon, it’s a great way to add a little more protein to your child’s diet.

2. Gelatin improves digestion. It naturally binds to water and helps food move through the digestive tract more easily.

3. Gelatin is good for bone and joint health. Gelatin contains lots of amino acids important in helping to prevent the cartilage in your joints from weakening. Gelatin also has very high anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Gelatin supports healthy hair, nails, and teeth. Gelatin contains a good amount of keratin, which is a very strong protein found in your hair, nails, teeth and skin.

DIY Strawberry Cream Gummies

Ingredients

½ cup pureed organic strawberries (or fruit of your choice)
½ cup full fat coconut milk (or filtered water, coconut water or milk of your choice)
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons gelatin powder (I used grass-fed gelatin)
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
2 capsules of probiotics (optional)

Directions

Purée fresh or frozen strawberries (thawed) in a blender. I personally love to use my immersion blender. If you don’t have one, you NEED one. They are amazing!

Place puréed fruit into a measuring cup for easy pouring into the molds.

In a small saucepan whisk liquid (I used full fat coconut milk) with the gelatin, honey, and vanilla over low heat, until dissolved (It is not recommended for the mixture to boil).

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Pour the gelatin liquid into the pureed fruit and whisk to prevent the gelatin from setting in clumps. Add anything else you might like (probiotics, maca powder, green powder, vitamins, etc) and whisk to incorporate.

Pour the mixture into your molds and place them in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes.

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Remove the gummies from the molds and store in the fridge in an air-tight container. I find that they last in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!!

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DIY thankful tree

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I don’t know about you, but my kids are really into holidays! Now that my son Maddyx is almost 4, he is very excited about every holiday and wants to celebrate it as much as possible. He was devastated that Halloween ended and keeps asking why it’s “gone”. I needed something to get him excited for Thanksgiving and that’s when I decided to do a Thankful Tree!  You might be thinking, “what in the world is a thankful tree?”. A thankful tree is a fun way for kids to practice being thankful (I can hear all you mamas saying “AMEN!!” lol). Who doesn’t want to raise a grateful child? I know that I sure do! Here is how you can make one yourself. Don’t worry, this one is easy and you most likely have all of the supplies in your house!

DIY Thankful Tree 

Supplies Needed:

  • Large Jar or Vase
  • Some sort of filler for the vase
  • Colored Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tree Branches (Real or Fake)
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Marker

 

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Step 1:

Draw a few different leaf shapes on colored paper. I used scrapbook paper, but construction paper would work too. I made about 18, but you can make as many as you want! If you have more children, you may make want to make more. Cut them out.

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Step 2:

Cut your twine into 8 inch pieces. Cut one piece per leaf. Tie a piece of twine onto each leaf.

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Step 3: 

Fill your jar with filler of choice. I used some decorative bark that I had, but you could use acorns or really anything that you think is pretty! Add your tree branches to your jar and then tie a pretty ribbon around it!

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Step 4:

Have your child help you hang the leaves on your tree. We are using our Thankful Tree as a center piece on our dining room table. Every day, let each of your children select a leaf and write something that they are thankful for. Maddyx did his first leaf today and he said that he was thankful for his friend Evan (so sweet!). Talk to your child about what it means to be thankful and explain what it means to have a thankful heart. We are going to make a trip to the library to get some books about Thanksgiving and thankfulness. We will hopefully read a book or do a fun activity each day. I hope you decide to join in on the fun!!!

 

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