What causes cavities? As we saw in our article on tooth decay this month, it is not the germs but the food of our modern society. And especially sweets. These little confections daycares the world over like to give our children to keep them well-behaved, when in fact they become over-excited and unable to concentrate. But let’s get back to our sheep: this month’s sweets are healthy! In fact, they contain vitamins++ and no sugar or coloring!
Let’s take a closer look.
On my new favorite site, raisingsagespediatrics.com, we find the following list of ingredients:
- a cup or a cup and a half of fruit or vegetable juice. If you have no idea, like me, you take the apple juice from the fridge and basta! Otherwise, here are some inspirations: carrots, beets, oranges, apples, kiwi, lemon – in the juice blender (we call it an extractor, so that it keeps vitamins and minerals well).
you also need gelatin (4 tablespoons).
- honey (2-4 tbsp)
- 1 tablespoon of healthy powder of your choice: vitamin C powder, probiotic powder, magnesium, protein. In short, an immune booster!
Not a lot, right? Then it gets a bit tricky to put it all together but let’s see:
You mix in the saucepan or in the pan the juice and the gelatin which is sprinkled on top, a few minutes so that they get to know each other. Whip the mix a bit. Heat over medium heat it should not boil!) The gelatin will slowly dissolve and create a harmonious mixture. When it’s done, you can add the honey and the powder (if it’s probiotic, you have to wait for the mixture to cool). We continue to whip then we put in a mold, either a special one for candies (I found one very cheap) or even like basically anything that can hold this gummy mix. After a few hours in the fridge, it already starts to solidify seriously and you can cut away your pieces.
You guessed it, the children were very happy. In our house, we avoid bringing in sugar and certainly the 100% caries-guaranteed confections from the stores. It was therefore a very welcome recipe so that our children do not feel “left out”, outcasts of the consumer society.
We do not see on the picture but there is still a semblance of shape (no small bears, I did not find the mold) which gives a certain appeal. Otherwise I also made it in a mold, and cut small squares, and no one complained.
I would never think in a century I’d make home-made candies – in fact I never thought I’d make babies in the first place! Now with soon 5 children in the home, and a solid candy recipe, nothing scares me anymore! You really can choose what you want for yourself and your family, and the rest will take care of itself!
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