The kids are coming home with runny, snotty noses! Coughs and colds are on the increase. Every other child at the park looks infected with some kind of dire disease and you want to protect your kids.
Best place to start is with a healthy gut. Maintaining excellent gut health is the foundation to a strong immune system, and scientists are showing the link in their research daily. Here is a great explanation on gut health, easy to understand!
I make these wonderful vitamin jellies to help maintain good gut health and boost vitamins essential for supporting the immune system, vitamin C, zinc. Many of our children and so deficient in zinc, and it is an important all rounder for every cell in our body to function.
Here is the recipe I love, Thanks to Well Nourished
1 cup water
2cm piece ginger root, peeled and roughly sliced
1cm piece fresh turmeric root peeled and roughly sliced
1-4 tablespoon raw honey* or rice malt syrup (depending upon the level of sweetness you like)
1 cup coconut water, kombucha or water kefir
Juice two small or one large lemon
1 teaspoon Camu powder (optional)
2-3 tablespoons Great Lakes gelatin (red one)
(I personally add some zinc, from a supplements, wither powder or liquid form)
- Place the water, ginger and turmeric root into a small pot and bring to the boil, reducing to a simmer for approx. 5 minutes.
- Take off the heat off, mix in the honey or rice malt syrup and stir to dissolve.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes or so, remove the solids and stir in the coconut water, kombucha or water kefir, lemon and optional Camu powder. Taste to check that you are happy with the flavour (sour/sweet balance)
- Now sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid, stirring after each tablespoon. For a traditional jelly set use 2 tablespoons, for a firmer, more gummy-lolly-like consistency, add 3 tablespoons.
- If the gelatin doesn’t completely dissolve, you can pop your pot back on the heat for only 1 minute (only heat to luke warm), stirring well.
- Pour into a lined slice tray or moulds, and set in the fridge.
*Note about honey – only raw, unheated and unprocessed honey has medicinal properties.
Don’t like ginger or want to use powdered?
Leave it out or use ½ teaspoon of the ground ginger powder.
No fresh turmeric?
Sub with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Choose rice malt syrup as your sweetener.
Store in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen. Pack from frozen into the lunchbox (they hold up well in an insulated bag against an ice brick).
My family LOVES these! they are gobbled up so quickly
Thanks To Well Nourished for the recipe and the Featured photo