GUT HEALING GUMMIES

THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE EASIEST AND TASTIEST WAY TO HEAL THE GUT!

Many of us know the benefits of bone and meat broths in helping heal the gut. The number one challenge for most of us is getting the broth into our children. With summer here, despite my best hopes slurping on bone broth is just not going to happen.

My biggest love at the moment is Great Lakes Gelatin which is a wonderful way to support gut healing and is a great source of protein.

These watermelon gummies are Delicious and Nutritious and are a staple in our house in the summer. I made 24 gummies using this recipe which means that eating 4 gummies provides one whole tablespoon of gelatin – My heart does a dance when I see my kids devouring these, thinking that they are having a treat. One of life’s sweet little victories!

Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Passive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh watermelon (chunks)
  • 6 tbsp grass fed gelatin
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

Instructions

  • Blend the watermelon in a blender until smooth.
  • Strain the blended watermelon through a fine mesh sieve. For a really clear liquid place a cheese cloth or tea towel in the sieve so that all the pulp is captured which you can either discard or use in another recipe such as a smoothie or jelly - you should have about 2 cups of juice.
  • There may be some white foam at the top of the watermelon juice, which you can remove so that you have a nice clear liquid.
  • Place half the watermelon juice in a bowl and the other half in a pan.
  • Add the Grass Fed Gelatin powder to the watermelon juice in the bowl by sprinkling it over the surface. Let it sit for a few minutes so that it dissolves into the juice. It will become jelly like.
  • Gently heat the other half of the watermelon juice in the saucepan just to warm it.
  • Add the gelatin & juice mixture from the bowl to the juice in the saucepan.
  • Whisk or stir to combine until the liquid is smooth.
  • Add the honey and lemon juice (leave this out if you prefer the gummies to be more sweet) my kids love sour gummies so we keep the lemon juice and sometimes use lime juice for extra tang) and whisk until dissolved and combined.
  • Pour the gelatin mixture into your favourite jelly or chocolate mould and chill until set, about 2 hours.
  • When they are ready remove the gelatin from the mould and store either at room temperature or in the fridge.

Notes

THE SCIENCE BIT

GREAT LAKES GELATIN is loaded with amino acids including glycine, lysine and proline which have been shown to speed up cell growth, build connective tissue and support liver detoxification. Phenolic compounds in WATERMELON —including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. If you had to pick a single nutrient from this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant category that has put watermelon on the map, that nutrient would be lycopene which is a well-documented inhibitor of many inflammatory processes, including the production of pro-inflammatory messaging molecules, the expression of enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase and lipoxygenase that can lead to increased inflammatory response, and the activity of molecular signaling agents like nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB). Lycopene is also a well-known antioxidant, with the ability to neutralize free radical molecules.