Who couldn’t use a little extra immune support as we move into cough and cold season? These delicious little elderberry gummy bears are super simple to make and super fun to eat.
The weather is getting cooler, and kids are back in school. We all know what that means: cough and cold season is upon us. This year we got a jump start on all of the immune boosters before we headed into the new school year because being sick basically sucks….
Have you noticed how many people get sick as the seasons change? Especially from summer to fall. The shift from the hot, active days of summer to windy cool days of fall puts a stress on our bodies. It’s a perfect time to give yourself and your little ones a bit of extra love.
What we do in our family to boost our immune systems:
more sleep…. as the days grow cooler and darker, our bodies need more rest. Getting more sleep in the number one thing we can all do to boost our immune systems during transition times as sleep has a positive regulatory effect on the immune system.
celery juice….. we drink fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach. This practice has been a game changer for all of us in the family. First of all, celery juice is loaded with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to clear out pathogens and viruses out of the body because of it’s amazing mineral salt content. The mineral salts also help keep the adrenals and kidneys in tip top shape and naturally raise your hydrochloric acid so your body can digest food more easily. The electrolytes in celery juice support all of your cells on a deep level. Big people in our house drink 16 ounces daily while little one drinks 4 ounces daily. You can read more about this amazing elixir HERE.
fish oil…. to give our bodies a little boost of Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and Omega 3’s (EPA and DHA,) we take a good quality fish oil a few times per week. My current favorite is Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil because it’s the cleanest brand that I have found. It’s considered raw as they do not use heat in processing. And no chemicals, solvents or mechanical devices are ever used during the extraction process. We use the liquid cod liver oil, but you can get cod liver oil soft gels as well.
elderberry syrup…. Elderberries have long been used in syrups and elixirs to fight off colds and flu, to boost the immune system, and to stay healthy during the cold winter months. They are rich in flavonoids which are natural compounds with antioxidant qualities that protects cells against damage and infections. Elderberry also contains vitamin A, B, significant amounts of vitamin C and amino-acids. We take elderberry syrup or eat elderberry gummy bears several times per week in the fall and winter.
Immune boosting elderberry gummy bears are a fun and easy way to get little people (and big people) to take elderberry syrup. Not only do you get the immune boosting health benefits of elderberry syrup, you get a nice dose of gut healing gelatin as well. Plus there’e super tasty.
Little One eats 3-4 gummy bears every day- which is just a bit over a teaspoon of elderberry syrup. Big people can eat 2-3 times that amount.
I use my own homemade elderberry syrup recipe to make these gummy bears. My family loves the taste, so I don’t add extra sweetener to my gummy bears. But feel free to add a tablespoon or two of raw honey if you like.
And you don’t have to make gummy bears out of this recipe. I just happen to LOVE my adorable gummy bear molds. You can use any molds that you like. THESE heart ones are fun. Or simple pour the mixture into a glass baking dish and cut to size after it sets.
- Using the tip of a pasty brush, grease gummy molds with melted coconut oil.
- Pour 1/4 cup of elderberry into bottom of a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top of surface and allow to bloom for 5 minutes.
- Pour 1/3 cup of VERY HOT water (but not boiling) into bowl and whisk quickly until gelatin is completely dissolved. Then pour in remaining 1/4 cup of elderberry syrup. Taste and adjust for sweetness with optional honey. Whisk again until completely incorporated.
- Pour mixture into gummy bear molds. Most come with a special dropper to make this process easier.
- Place into refrigerator until set- at least 2 hours. Store gummy bears in airtight glass jar in fridge.
If you don’t have silicone gummy bear molds, you can pour mixture into small glass baking dish and cut into desired size pieces once set.
NOTE: if your gelatin is not dissolving properly, your water may not have been HOT enough. Simply add very hot water one tablespoon at a time until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
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