One of the greatest joys of my kitchen is watching my kids devour and truly enjoy real, nourishing food, especially when it’s not particularly kid-friendly in most people’s eyes.
I’m proud of them for being counter-cultural.
The second best kitchen moments in the Kitchen Stewardship® household?
Successfully making fun food that looks like other kids’ food but is devoid of synthetics and evil ingredients and watching my kids enjoy that.
It’s good for them to feel normal sometimes, too. These healthy snack recipes all make great additions to the lunchbox.
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Why Homemade Gelatin Snacks?
Jello has always been one of those enigmas in the junk food world. Somehow it got a reputation for itself that it’s part of a normal meal, a side dish instead of a dessert – even though it’s ultimately jiggly sugar water with artificial flavors and colors and as close to candy as anything else,
It’s still dessert in my book – unless I make it myself.
Then it’s the best way I know of to help my kids consume broth. It’s an important part of the soup!”, which is as close to a health supplement for joints and immunity as anything else. Homemade jello and fruit snacks are wayyyyy better than cajoling and begging, “Just drink your
Perfect Supplements gelatin makes our homemade snacks not only fun but healthy – the cattle from which the gelatin and are sourced are raised on pasture, no grain finishing at all. Gelatin is a huge boost for hair, skin, nail and joint health – you won’t get that in a box of powder.
And it’s virtually odorless and tasteless, so no – your homemade gelatin squares won’t taste like beef.
Don’t bother spending your cents on boxed gelatin with sugar, sugar and more sugar. You don’t need it.
Here are 5 healthy gelatin recipes to make jello, jigglers, and gummy snacks. These recipes are perfect for little kids to help cook with. Older kids can help with the stove work.
Healthy Snack: Homemade Gigglers with 100% Fruit Juice
The first time I tried this technique, I thought I must have missed a step.
Not because it didn’t work, but because it was SO easy that I kind of can’t believe people pay for JELL-O in boxes.
Making homemade gelatin, either to eat with a spoon or to pick up with your hands, only has two ingredients and 5 steps. Get the homemade gelatin squares recipe with step-by-step photos here.
Watch the video HERE to see how to make these delicious gelatin squares!
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Homemade Fruit Snacks with Real Fruit
Don’t even get me started on the term “fruit snacks” when there’s not any fruit involved.
You can guess what I think about those sugar-filled candies being served as snacks.
On the other hand, these homemade fruit gummies have two healthy ingredients: real fruit and gelatin.
These don’t really have the same properties as a fruit snack or gummy candy, and they’re not shelf-stable.
But they’re fun, yummy – and actually made of fruit! Check out the recipe for fruit gummies made with real fruit here.
Immune Boosting Vitamin C Herbal Gummies
Conventional vitamins, gummy and regular, both contain loads of yucky ingredients like corn syrup, “natural flavors,” and refined sugar.
These gummies combine orange peel, hibiscus, and rosehips which are all very high in vitamin C. Did you know vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen? That’s perfect since we’re pairing it with this gelatin!
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Chocolate Gummy Heart Snacks
Wait, what? Chocolate gummies? Sounds weird right? These gummies include cocoa powder and coconut milk to make creamy, gummy chocolate treats. These are perfect for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.
Boost the nutrition of your chocolate fix with the recipe for chocolate gummies in this post (down at the bottom).
“Candy Corn” Gummy Squares
Candy corn finger jello is the perfect way to get into the Halloween festivities without sacrificing nutrition.
It has bright, fall colors and a burst of flavor. Plus it can still be eaten with your fingers.
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