I don’t know about you, but now that we have the first few weeks of school behind us, I can step back and really appreciate the importance of routine. Summer, as magical as it is, lacks a certain je ne sais quoi: ROUTINE! I bow down to the routine gods. Routine, or rhythm as it’s called in some circles, keeps us all sane and really helps children thrive. They know what to expect and what is expected of them….. I do hope that the school year is off to a lovely start for you all!
On another note, we have already been introduced to our first round of cold/flu for the school year. It’s amazing how sending the kids back to the germ factory AKA school almost instantly sends them home with a lovely welcome back gift: a cold. I’m proud to report that this cold didn’t really progress into much for my kids but there have been several children in class who have been knocked out for a few days with a fever, chills and a runny nose.
I always have a few tricks up my sleeve to boost our immune systems this time of year (more of that to come in a future post), but for today I’d love to share with you my sneaky homemade Vitamin C gummies. They are super nutritious and delicious and the kiddies will love them!
- I cup of frozen berries (thawed with liquid) *I like blueberries and/or strawberries
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- 2-3 tbsp gelatin*
- 1 tbsp vitamin C powder**
- You will need silicone candy molds. I personally avoid plastic in my kitchen but make an exception for these because they aren't being heated. :)
- Place thawed fruit (with liquid) and lemon juice in blender and twirl until pureed and smooth.
- Add fruit puree to a small saucepan and heat. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Stir in honey.
- Gradually whisk in the gelatin (I actually sprinkle it in a little at a time). It is important to do this very gradually so that the gelatin dissolves smoothly. Depending on the water content of your berries you may only need 2 tbsp of gelatin. Add enough until it thickens significantly.
- Once the liquid has cooled substantially whisk in the vitamin C powder.
- Pour into molds and place in freezer for about 15 minutes to set (once set, gummies will keep form). Pop these babies out and store in the refrigerator.