Mellow Jello

 

Ingredients

3 cups of juice (not from concentrate)

1 cup of water

3 tbsp Gelatin

Method

  1. Mix the juice and water together.
  2. Pour one cup of the mixture into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin. Let it sit and form a solid texture
  3. Heat the remaining 3 cups of the mixture on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes
  4. Whisk the heated mixture into the gelatin then pour into a glass or ceramic baking dish, or as I do, pour into silicone muffin cups
  5. Set in the fridge for 2 hours
  6. Voila!

My grandmother’s Tupperware Jello Mould 

Being in control of what goes into your child’s body is so important these days. There are small changes that we can make to our food culture that gives us more control. Preparing homemade meals and healthy snacks is a good starting point.  I know this is not as easy as I make it sound – it takes time, planning, money, patience. It’s hard. But as Glennon Doyle says, ‘We can do hard things.’

Tiny humans are growing fast – they need three balanced meals a day in addition to a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. It’s important to remember that snacks should be small meals, but finding healthy snacks that doesn’t just come straight out of the fruit bowl is challenging. This recipe is the quickest, easiest snack. Even if you burn toast, you can make this. And the kids love eating it. They love the bouncy texture and colorful visual. Sometimes it’s so simple to please the small ones (sometimes).

Jello is made with gelatin, which is a protein superfood (I’m not actually claiming it’s a superfood, rather using a metaphor for literary pleasure). It contains an incredible amino acid profile providing the body with the essential building blocks for growing humans, as well as collagen, which is found in our bones, skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and digestive tract. It’s a pretty amazing food, and if sourced properly, very healthy food. Ideally we would source our gelatine from grass-fed cows and our fruit juice would be not from concentrate. The gelatine might be pricey but it lasts forever! And you’re now making a wonderfully nutritious snack or dessert for your child.

Some basic facts:

  1. gelatin is a pure protein, so mixing it with fruit juice will help to balance blood sugar, preventing your tiny human from having sugar tantrums.
  2. gelatin contains an amino acid called glycine which is well known for its calming and sleep promoting properties, so maybe serving up this ‘Mellow Jello’ might have a positive outcome for your toddlers sleeping habits 😉

Try these flavors: apple and mango, apple and pear, apple and blackcurrant

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Enjoy!

4 Comments

  1. 27th November 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Love this idea. What gelatin do you use? I have a vegetarian powder but never really used it as Dex didn’t like jelly as a baby. Be keen to try again!

    • ashyboyd
      Author
      29th November 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Hi Faye! I use Great Lakes, the orange gelatin which is heat soluble. Vital Proteins also does a good one. I actually making jello this weekend. Sometimes I fill silicon muffin cups and then my girls have a ready made serving. Hope you enjoy!!

        • ashyboyd
          Author
          21st June 2018 / 12:48 pm

          Hi Christine,

          I use Copella Apple & Mango – 3 cups juice and 1 cup of water to equal 4 cups to make the jello.

          If you want you can use just under 3 tbsp of gelatine, as it still firms up quite nicely this way…

          I hope you enjoy it!

          Amanda

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