Being on the early stages of Intro is rough. If you need the GAPS Program and gut healing (which most of us do these days), rough may be an understatement. It can be especially tough on kids.
Besides the symptoms of die-off that they may experience (feeling fatigued, flu-like, and generally cranky), there is also the fact that you just removed some of their most beloved foods from their diet and replaced it with a whole lot of chicken soup and cooked veggies. While tea may sound good to adults (unless you went on Intro cold-turkey from a serious coffee addiction), it is usually not the beverage of choice for the average child living in America.
And sometimes, after eating all that soup and everything soft and well-cooked in it, you just want something with a little substance and texture.
And that is where gummies and Jello come in.
Making your own gummies and Jello from grass-fed beef gelatin can be one way to get some nutrition into your kids early on. Not only that, but it may also make a good treat to give them when they successfully take spoonfuls of meat stock (think bartering; 1 gummy for 1 spoonful). The recipes that I will share are very versatile and can be easily adjusted later on when juice is introduced into the diet, leading to a variety of flavors of gummies and gelatin snacks. You can even make gummies from ferments like kombucha!
Below is a recipe for gummies made from chamomile tea, legal from stage one of the GAPS Introduction Diet. I will soon be posting a recipe for gelatin (Jello) made from ginger tea.
1 cup cold water
1 cup boiling water
3 organic chamomile tea bags
7-8 Tbs. grass fed gelatin
Raw honey to taste
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3 chamomile tea bags in a mug and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Place 1 cup of cold filtered water in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle 7-8 Tbs. of grass fed gelatin over top of this, allowing to sit for about 30 seconds before stirring it in. It will create a thick, gummy, gel-like texture.
- Remove the tea bags and discard them. Pour the tea over the gelatin mixture in the bowl. Mix until smooth and the gelatin has dissolved into the hot tea. If necessary, add a little more boiling water until the mixture is smooth. Add in honey to taste and mix well.
- You may pour this mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 glass pan or into individual candy molds. Place the gummies into the fridge for about 30-60 minutes, until they are more solid.
- If you used a glass pan, cut the gummies into small squares and place them back in the fridge for storage.
This recipe was a winner for us this week!