My daughter LOVES gummy vitamins. She will often ask the other parent for her vitamins in an attempt to end run around and get extras. Her father and I have figured out this ploy, and have now begun asking the other if she’s had them already.
Because her gut health isn’t the best, and she clearly is in need of digestive support, I have tried all kind of ways to get her to take her enzymes and probiotics, but it’s always a hassle. Until I found a site that had a recipe for making your own gummy probiotics and vitamins. Then the lightbulb went off.
Gummy vitamins are not cheap, and even the “best” brands have things I’m not really keen on giving my children, so the idea that I could make my own was really appealing. Besides, y’all know how I am about “making my own.”
The original recipe called for fresh juice, but it occurred to me that I could really boost the benefits if I used NingXia Red, so here is my totally adapted recipe below. These gummies are excellent for gut health, since they are made with gelatin, one of the main healing components of bone broth, and chock full of probiotics and enzymes– on top of the NingXia Red which has essential oils. More oils can be added to boost the flavor and benefits! Amazon has a great deal on grassfed Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin, which comes as a 2 pack of 16 oz each. It’ll last a while!
I keep the gummies in sealed glass containers in the fridge. Used glass vitamin jars would work well!
NingXia Red Gummie Vites
1 cup NingXia Red
1 cup kombucha or water kefir
1/4 cup Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin
2-4 T raw honey (to taste)
1 teaspoon probiotic powder (or vitamin powder of choice
1-3 capsules of enzymes
3-5 drops of essential oils (optional)
Stir NingXia Red, kombucha, gelatin and honey together in a double boiler until it reaches blood temp (98-100 degrees on candy thermometer) and keep stirring till smooth. Remove from heat immediately. Whisk in probiotic powder (or other vitamin powder) and essential oils. Pour into molds or glass dish and allow to firm up for 10 minutes in freezer. Pop out of molds or cut into cubes.