Zesty Orange Gummies packed with immune boosting vitamin C
When winter rolls around or cold symptoms appear, I tend to boost up some of the immune supporting nutrients. I like to do this through food mainly, but we all can benefit from supplementation during stressful times, especially if under the weather.
Supplements and kids can be hit or miss
Just like with food, supplements can be hit or miss with kids. Some kids turn their nose up at even the thought of supplements whether it’s a tablet or powder form. For some, the flavour is off putting or they simply fear the unknown.
Gummies, while not the ideal form of supplementation, they can be a good way to boost your child’s intake if you struggle. And certainly a good alternative for those who simply refuse to take them in drink form. If you’re choosing to supplement in these Orange Gummies, you’ll just need to work out the correct dosage so your child still receives a therapeutic amount.
Added immune support
These Orange Gummies tick a few boxes for me when it comes to immune support:
They contain fresh orange juice for the vitamin C content;
They contain a small amount of raw, local honey for the antimicrobial and antibacterial action;
They contain collagen to support wound healing;
They remove the battle of giving supplements.
Oh, and they are super easy to make.
To make these Orange Gummies, mix the gelatin powder into water to ‘bloom’. This is where the gelatin soaks up all the liquid and becomes rubbery. When using gelatin, you want to use a quality product. The gelatin you find in the supermarket just won’t do. I personally choose to use Great Lakes Gelatin Powder or I Quit Sugar Gut Lovin' Gelatin.
Next, warm the freshly squeezed orange juice, honey (optional) and the gelatin until it is simmering. Remove from the heat and add the powdered supplement, if using.
Pour the liquid mixture into your mould of choice and place in the fridge to set. They should be set within the hour. Store the Orange Gummies in a container or glass jar in the fridge.
Not a fan of orange? Try these Blueberry + Coconut Gummies for a creamy alternative.
If you try making your own Orange Gummies please let me know!
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Prep time: 10 mins | Setting time: 40-1hr
- 1 1/2 tbsp gelatin
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/2 cup orange juice (you'll need 1.5 to 2 oranges)
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
- Multi vitamin or vitamin C powder (see note)
- Mix the gelatin and water together in a small bowl. Allow it to bloom for 5 minutes until it becomes rubbery.
- In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, pour in the orange juice, honey and gelatin.
- Bring to the simmer, stirring to ensure the ingredients have dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and add the powdered supplement, if using. Stir well until combined.
- Pour into your chosen moulds before placing in the fridge. Allow to set before removing from the moulds. Store in a glass jar or container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
I choose to use Great Lakes Gelatin Powder or I Quit Sugar Gut Lovin' Gelatin. You can purchase these online or at your local health food store.
In this Orange Gummie recipe, I used Metagenics Multi Care for Kids. A quality vitamin C or probiotic powder would also work well in this recipe.
Honey or any other sweetener are not advised for children under 2 years old.