Anti-Inflammies: A Healthy Gummy Snack

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Go ahead. Eat the whole batch.

When I was a kid, I loved gummy snacks. Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, and the regular ol’ fruit gummies. Sometimes I loved them so much I would eat the whole box. They are fruity, chewy and oh, so fun to eat.

Unfortunately, most gummy snacks sold in stores are loaded with artificial colors, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. These days, those aren’t things I like to put in my body. I still love gummy snacks though, so now I make them myself with healthy, natural ingredients.

Healthy gummy snacks are all over Pinterest right now and a friend recently asked me if they would be a good treat for her daughter, who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. In thinking about her sweet little girl, it hit me that these gummy snacks could be made even more special for her! By adding in natural anti-inflammatory foods, this gummy snack morphs into Anti-Inflammies–a delicious gummy treat that also reduces inflammation!

You don’t have to have arthritis to enjoy these, though. Anyone who’s felt stressed, eaten processed food, worked out hard or has a muscle ache can benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects!

Here’s how it works:

Orange or Lemon Juice

“Increased intakes of compounds called flavonoids from citrus may be associated with lower levels of markers of inflammation, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard, Sweden and Singapore.” (source)

Turmeric

Turmeric is naturally high in a COX-2 inhibitor called curcumin. This is an anti-inflammatory that offers great relief for arthritis pain.

COX-2 (or Cyclooxygenase 2) is an enzyme that is involved with causing pain and inflammation in areas of the body where damage or arthritis exists. A COX-2 inhibitor impedes the enzyme and alleviates inflammation and arthritis pain. (source)

Ginger

Ginger contains more than four COX-2 inhibitors. Ginger is also known to suppress other pro-inflammatory compounds.

Gelatin

Gelatin contains a generous amount of the amino acid glycine. “Fibrosis, free radical damage, inflammation, cell death from ATP depletion or calcium overload, mitochondrial damage, diabetes, etc., can be prevented or alleviated by glycine.” (source)

These gummy snacks are full of healthy protein from the gelatin and amazing anti-inflammatories from the citurs, ginger, and turmeric. So, go ahead, pop a few of these yummy gummies in your mouth and enjoy their anti-inflammatory goodness. Or go ahead. Eat the whole batch.

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Anti-Inflammies: A Healthy Gummy Snack

Ingredients

3/4 cup citrus juice, freshly squeezed*
3/4 cup all natural fruit juice, preferably freshly squeezed**
4 Tbsp. good quality gelatin (I recommend this brand HERE)
3 Tbsp. raw honey
1/4 tsp. ginger (freshly grated with a microplane or ground)
1/4 tsp. turmeric (freshly grated with a microplane or ground)

Notes:
* For a sour gummy use lemon or lime juice, for a sweeter, milder gummy use orange juice

** I used cherry juice because I had it on hand. You can juice your own fruit or use freshly squeezed juice from an orange. Just do not use pineapple juice. The enzymes will break down the gelatin.

Directions

In a small saucepan, whisk together citrus juice, fruit juice and gelatin until there are no lumps. Heat the liquid over low heat until liquid is warmed and gelatin is completely dissolved.

Remove from heat and stir in honey, ginger and turmeric with a spoon.

Pour liquid into a shape-molded ice/silicone tray (find it here) or pour it into a casserole dish*.

Refrigerate until liquid is set (at least 30 minutes).

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Notes:
*If you pour it into a casserole dish, pour a thin single layer. Once the liquid is set, cut the gummy snacks into bite-sized squares

**Per Mommypotamus, gummy snacks will last two weeks in the fridge.

Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Could you do a fruit purée instead of fruit juice? I have some strawberries I froze that I wanted to use and I’ve seen some recipes call for fruit purée.

    • Allison Jordan says:

      Yes, most definitely! It will be a different texture, but I still really enjoy it. Robin from Thank Your Body has a recipe for using fruit puree. (Find it here) Follow her directions and add the ginger and turmeric after step #5. :) Enjoy!

  2. Gorgeous, healthy recipe. Love it. I also use that gelatin. It’s amazing. I try and have an endless supply of homemade “Jello” in the house so we are ingesting the benefits of the gelatin, but I love the idea of adding herbs and other nutritional ingredients.

    Be Well,
    –Amber

  3. This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol. So, thank you! I just started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/11/06/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-2/

  4. Thanks to your link I have purchased the gelatins. I have a lot of hope that they will have a positive health impact on my husband and I. Thank you for opening me up to this super food. At the risk of sounding like a numpty-may I use ground turmeric that you would find in the spice aisle? I am so excited! I am planning on making these tomorrow :-)

    • Allison Jordan says:

      Laurie, I hope you enjoy them! I found whole turmeric root at a natural grocer, but you can definitely use ground turmeric found in your spice aisle. Organic is better.

      • Allison, Thank you so much for your quick reply! I purchased both the ‘green’ and ‘red’ gelatins. I have been reading lots of reviews and blogs but I am not understanding what the difference is between the two. Do you know the specific difference?
        I am going to add some to my morning coffee right now! My husband who is 45 yrs old, very athletic and was always generally healthy, recently contracted food poisoning then a week later his body went haywire and attacked itself. He was diagnosed with Reactive Arthritis and is in a great amount of pain and large amounts of horrible steroids. I pray this will help him. Thank you so much!

  5. I was wondering if you thought a ginger essential oil would be as effective as the fresh or ground?

    • Hi Lisa! That’s a really interesting idea. I never thought of adding the oil, but a drop could be very effective. I referenced my EO textbook and it suggests a “serving” of 1 drop of oil with 4 oz of liquid. When ingesting EO’s it’s very important that the oils are pure and therapeutic grade!

  6. Leone Fletcher says:

    Hi Allison,
    I just came to your website by accident through a friends’s FB page. I opened it up to see you view and get some more help on Anti- Inflammation. I’ve being suffering with joint pain for sometime. Did not know what is happening or how to get some relief from the pain. I am not a person for Western Medicine(I will use it if I had to) so my husband and I searched for alternative help and we found Dr. Andrew Weil’s book, “Spontaneous Healing” to be so helpful. Now being using a lot of different herbs like what you mentioned on your website. I would love to see more of your recipe. Thank you!!!

    • Allison says:

      Hey Leone! I’m so glad you are here! I’m sorry to hear you are in pain and hope you can find the relief you are looking for! Blessings!

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