Yes, that’s right, you can make your own chewable gummy multivitamins!
Nearly every kid loves gummy vitamins, but for parents who try to avoid the artificial flavours, colours, and high levels of sugars and syrups in most store-bought gummies, buying them can be a conflicted exercise. A solution? Make your own.
Think of it as an extension of your gardening skills!
They’re really easy to make at home!
Though there are vegetarian options to regular gelatine, most recipes use the kind derived from animal products, and that’s what I use here. Read the directions on gelatine alternatives and you should be able to sub them in to suit vegetarian diets. I use regular gelatine because it contains collagen, which is great for regulating metabolism, strengthening hair and nails, and even regulating hormones. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and can improve digestion.
The main ingredients for these gummies are fruit and veggies, which means they are going to be healthy for you and for children too. Naturally-occurring ingredients – as opposed to synthetic ones – are easier for the body to absorb, so these gummies will be more effective than those you buy in a store.
How to make your own chewable natural supplements:
Start with a juice or smoothie base, using coconut water or orange juice to make it blend more easily. What goes into this blend depends on what nutrients you most need to add to your particular diet. That’s part of the beauty of this recipe: it varies depending on what YOU need, not a generic recipe made for an average person. If you work outdoors in the sun, and so you already know you get enough vitamin D, for example, there is no point in adding it to your vitamins. If you are pregnant, and want to make sure you are getting enough iron, then adding a natural source of it to this blend will best suit YOUR needs.
You can also adjust the flavour to your tastes. Some like it sweeter, and others less so. Adding a little more of the foods you like the taste of will also make the gummies more delicious for you.
Use 2 cups of liquid and 1 1/2 cups of fruits and veggies to make the basic recipe. You can then add some raw honey or maple syrup to sweeten it a bit – avoid adding refined sugar. One to two teaspoons should be enough.
Add strawberries, raspberries or some cooked beetroot to make gummies red. Oranges or melon can give you an orange colour. Blueberries are a great way to make blue gummies. Blend them with red ingredients to get a purple result.
Home Made Gummy Vitamin Ideas
If you need specific minerals or vitamins that are less common in foods, you can add supplements to your gummies. Need a few suggestions? Coconut oil is a source of good fats, is an antioxidant, is anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. You can add a probiotic powder to help gut health and nutrient absorption. Chia seeds provide fibre and protein – but they do change the texture, so make sure you don’t mind a few bits of crunch or tiny dark spots. Acai powder can easily be mixed in, and supplies amino acids, fibre, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. You could also make some with mood boosting ingredients, such as these 5-HTP gummies.
If you add supplements, be careful not to eat more than the recommended daily amounts, but if you keep it natural, with fruits and veggies making up the mix, then you can use these gummies as a healthy snack instead of sugary, overly-processed options.
Here is another simple version of the recipe:
- ¾ cup juice or coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons plain, grass-fed gelatine
Here are the steps:
- Pour the juice into a medium saucepan (not heated). Add the gelatine a little at a time, and watch for it to get wrinkled on the surface. This is called ‘blooming.’ The white powder should be dissolved at this point.
- Mix well with a spoon.
- Place the pan on medium heat, but don’t let it boil. The gelatine and mixture should be thin and runny – any graininess should dissolve and disappear. This should take a couple of minutes, and you should stir it well to make sure all is dissolved.
- Using a small cup or something similar, scoop up the liquid and pour it into the moulds.
- Refrigerate for 3 hours or more.
- Once the liquid has set, pop the gummies from the moulds and they are ready to eat.
The gummies should be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container. They will last about two weeks.
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