Its the start of a new year which mean many people have resolved to eat healthy and exercise more. These are great resolutions but for some they can be hard to follow through with. I myself have struggled to keep up with any resolutions in the past and finally threw in the towel and told myself to stop making resolutions and just do it. What I mean is that in that by April I would realize I had slipped back into the comfort of routine and not have reached any goals I set for myself.
What I really needed to do was gradually work up to my goals over a long period of time, be it 6 months, 1 year or a lifetime. I am much happier and feel healthier now that I have cut out wheat/gluten and all dairy products but it took time and trial and error to come to this. All this being said I don’t want you to feel negative or downtrodden with any resolutions or goals you have made this year but know that it will happen as long as you are willing to climb that mountain slowly. Eating healthy should not be a goal but a life changing and life saving way to live.
I enjoy the odd treat now and then but instead of reaching for a Mars chocolate bar I now opt for a plain dark chocolate, which satisfies my craving and I eat less of it, usually I buy a large Lindt bar and it can last me for a couple of weeks. The same thing goes for potato chips, I only eat the plain version (more a preference then anything else) and try to look for low sodium or, when they are on sale, I buy veggie chips which are made from other root vegetables (I want to try my hands at making some myself one day). Another sweet tooth addiction I have are jujubes and wine gums, I love them but I know they are full of sugar and artificial flavouring that kind of puts me off of them even as I eat a handful.
So instead of completely cutting out jujubes, or other gummy candies I decided to make my own. These gummies are made with four fairly common ingredients and are easy to make at home. They are also a great recipe to try out with children if you want to. You can have so much fun with the flavours and mix them up anyway you like, you can use practically any fruit and if you are more daring try some vegetables like carrots and beets.
These sweets do have gelatine in them so if any vegans are reading, definitely check for vegan friendly gelatine alternatives like Agar-Agar, and instead of honey use agave syrup otherwise everything else is good for you. These little treats are great to have on hand whenever and wherever!
|Strawberry and Beet|
|Apple, Pear and Cucumber|
|Peach, Mango and Pineapple|
|Strawberry and Banana|
|Orange and Carrot
- 1½ Cups fruit (strawberries, peaches, apples, bananas, pineapple, mango, oranges, etc.)
- ½ Cup juice ( I used half orange juice and half kombucha)
- 5 Packets gelatine (equals 5 tbsp)
- 1-2 Tbsp honey (depends on how sweet you want them)
- 1 Tsp vitamin C powder (optional)
- Puree fruit in whichever combinations you want (see below for my combos)
- Pour into small pot and heat on medium. Add juice and honey (and vitamin C powder) and stir to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes or until it starts to bubble.
- Add gelatine one pack at a time and whisk to combine, make sure there are no lumps. Continue this until all packs are emptied. Cook for another minute and then pour into a 8x8 glass baking sheet or into silicon molds if you wish to makes shapes.
- Set in refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until completely set.
- Cut into small square or pop out of molds. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator. Gummies will last approximately 2 weeks.
5. Carrot, orange