The new school year is here so for many of us, this brings microorganisms that are just waiting for us to fall prey to them. Even if you don’t have kids, I’m sure your co-workers with kids will come to work and share these bugs with you. So here is my fun fix that can be part of anyone’s arsenal for immune health. Please keep in mind that obviously there is a lot more self care involved than eating a gummy or two a day!

The first thing you need is a silicone mold if you want to make fun shapes. To keep it simple and old school, just use any sort of shallow pan. I personally have this one as well as this one. Next you need good quality gelatin powder. Great Lakes has gelatin derived from grassfed cows and so far this is the best type of gelatin I have been able to find and I have only been able to locate this online.

I’ve made these several times with different ingredients but these are my two latest creations.

Grape gummies with vitamin C

Ingredients
2 cups freshly squeezed grape juice (Have you ever had freshly squeezed grape juice? It’s incredible and a far cry from Welch’s.)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 T gelatin
Vitamin C capsules (I use Thorne’s vitamin C with bioflavonoids)

Instructions
Heat up 1 cup of the juice over a medium flame until it’s almost boiling. Turn off the heat. Very slowly add 3 T gelatin and start whisking and don’t stop until it’s thoroughly incorporated. It will clump if the liquid is either too cold or too hot or if you dump it all in at once. Add the rest of the grape juice. Then incorporate the lemon juice and the vitamin C powder. For young kids, a good dose of vitamin C is somewhere between 100-250 mg per day so if you use Thorne, this equates to between 5-10 capsules. Avoid heating up the vitamin C. Pour into molds or sheet pan and refrigerate until solidified. If you’re really impatient, you can even put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from molds and store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nectarine verbena probiotic gummies

Ingredients
2-3 ripe nectarines
10-12 fresh lemon verbena leaves
1/2 c freshly squeezed lemon and/or orange juice
1-2 T local raw honey
3 T gelatin
Probiotic capsules or powder (I use Klaire Ther-Biotic Complete)

Instructions
Cut up nectarines into chunks and put in a small saucepan with the lemon verbena leaves (optional by the way but the flavor really pops!) and lemon/orange juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat then simmer until softened. Remove verbena leaves. If you have a stainless steel immersion blender like this one, put it directly into the pot or put in blender until blended well. Allow to cool slightly and whisk in honey. Add gelatin a little bit at a time and do not stop whisking until thoroughly incorporated. As mentioned above, it will clump if it’s too hot or too cold and if you don’t whisk enough! At the very end, add your probiotic powder so long as your nectarine mixture is not hot enough to kill the bacteria. For this particular brand mentioned, I would use the powder from 8 capsules for a mold of 24 gummies. Pour into molds or sheet pan and refrigerate until solidified. If you’re really impatient, you can even put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from molds and store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

The great thing about these gummies is that you can get really creative and use whatever fruit or juice you want. I’ve used different types of kombucha (raspberry, ginger) as well as different types of fruit like blueberries, fresh Pixie tangerine juice, pomegranate juice and elderberry syrup. Let me know what you think!

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