Anyone who works with children, or has school-aged children, is on the edge of their seat at this time of year. Colds, the flu, unexplained tummy bugs – they’re all going around where people are gathered indoors and more in contact with each other’s germs. Sleep deprivation from being *so excited* about school the next day, or from being up a little worried about the presentation you’re doing tomorrow, or having to get up earlier to catch the school bus can lower our immune system too. Lastly, dry air from winter, or just from the heaters being on indoors, can cause the nose to dry out, which can bleed easily and/or let in more sneaky germs.
That’s where Superhero Gummies come in – they contain elderberry leaves and berries for immune support, along with tart cherry juice to increase the natural melatonin in the body, which helps with sleep, and lastly gelatin, which helps keep the mucous membranes of the nose in tact.
These gummies are easy to make, and we like to include a few in lunch boxes.
Super Hero Gummie Recipe
Makes 10 servings
- 2-1/2 cups 100% tart cherry juice (if you use the concentrate, found here, this is 2-1/2 cups reconstituted according to the directions on the package)
- 1/4 cup honey (I like this honey here)
- 1/3 cup high quality gelatin (find the gelatin I use here)
- 5 capsules ground elderberry berries and leaves (find the capsules I use here)
- Coconut oil for greasing the pan
- (Optional) pinch sea salt for trace minerals (find sea salt here)
- (Optional) juice of one lemon to make these sweet-sour and add some vitamin C
Open the capsules, and put the contents of the capsules in a sauce pan, discard the actual capsule. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, mix well with a fork. Heat over medium heat until gelatin turns clear, stirring every few minutes, about 5-10 minutes. Grease a glass or other smooth-sided loaf pan or small dish lightly with coconut oil. Pour clear mixture into loaf pan, allow to cool down to room temp on the counter so you don’t warm up your fridge too much, then cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge.
To cut into gummies, use a butter knife to loosen the large gummie block from the container onto a cutting board, and cut into cubes with a butcher knife. These last for about 10 days in the fridge, covered.