Okay, let’s get started with your sweet citrus snacks. Take a small saucepan and combine a cup and a half of fresh squeezed orange juice with 4-tablespoons of unflavored gelatin powder. The orange juice forms the base of the flavor; it doesn’t matter which species of orange you use. Our personal favorite is a ripe navel orange.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C, so this recipe has the additional benefit of giving your children a dose of this powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps the body with new cell generation. The polyphenol antioxidants in oranges patrol your children’s bloodstream removing free-radicals. These nasty compounds create cell death through oxidation, and vitamin C eliminates them from the blood. (1)
Gelatin is a form of protein that’s derived from collagen, another protein found in animal bones and cartilage. To manufacture gelatin, food suppliers use a process called hydrolyzation to extract the gelatin from collagen. (2)
Heat the juice and gelatin mixture over low heat until everything’s dissolved and remove it from the heat. Add a ¼-cup of agave syrup. The agave provides the mix with a sweet taste and removes the slightly bitter aftertaste from the orange juice. Make sure the mixture is even and keep stirring until you obtain an even consistency.
Pour the mixture out into silicon molds and store it in the fridge until it cools and firms up. All that’s left to do is sample one of the sweet treats before giving them to your kids. Enjoy!
P.S. – It’s great to involve your kids with at-home recipes and DIY activities to keep them busy. These days, too much screen time is all too common. The next time your friends reach for their beloved iPad, tell them to make some homemade slime with you instead. I bet that will pique their interest!