I get asked all the time — “What vitamins should I choose for my kids?” I hesitate to recommend store-bought vitamins in any form because even the good ones have some ‘extra’ ingredients in them.
There are also a number of recipes out there on various blogs. But most of those involve using fruit juice, gelatin, and powdered store-bought vitamins. This isn’t really ideal, either, in my opinion because it doesn’t fully solve the problem of using the store-bought supplements. I really wanted to make something that was completely whole foods-based and which did not rely on any store-bought supplements at all.
This mixture is in a kid-friendly gummy and it isn’t very sweet or fruity — some kids may want it fruitier (one of my kids wasn’t a fan; the others loved it). But I’ll give some ideas on how to do that, if needed.
Basically, these vitamins are based on two herbs: dandelion leaf and nettle leaf. These two herbs are rich in so many vitamins and minerals. Dandelion contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron, plus vitamins A, B-complex, C, and D. Nettle contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and beta-carotene, plus vitamins A, C, D, and B complex. It contains most of the vitamins you need, except for the major fat-soluble ones (A, D, E, K). I would give this with a small spoonful of cod liver oil and that should cover just about everything!
The little flecks in the vitamins a few herbs that sneaked through my strainer!
Gummy Whole Food Vitamins
- 4 tbsp. nettle leaf (buy here)
- 2 tbsp. dandelion leaf (buy here)
- 1 1/4 c. filtered water (divided)
- 4 – 6 strawberries
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 2 tbsp. gelatin (I choose this one, made from grass-fed cows)
Step 1: Mix the nettle and dandelion with 1 c. of water and the strawberries in a saucepan. If you want a fruitier flavor, feel free to add additional strawberries or other berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc.). Choose organic if you can. I used frozen organic from Costco. The berries provide their own vitamins too!
Step 2: Bring it to a boil and boil for about 5 min.
Step 3: Strain the mixture, pressing the herbs and berries with a fork to get all the liquid out.
Step 4: There will be about 3/4 c. of liquid remaining after boiling. This is right. Set it aside for a minute.
Step 5: In another container, mix 1/4 c. cool water with 2 tbsp. gelatin. Let this sit for a couple minutes.
Step 6: Stir the honey into the hot liquid. Then, pour it into a clean saucepan. Add the gelatin mixture too.
Step 7: Turn on low heat and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved and incorporated.
Step 8: Pour the finished vitamins into a mold or into a shallow baking dish. You can cut it into squares. I chose this cute little mold.
Step 9: Put it in the fridge for an hour or so, until solid. Pop out of the mold, or cut into 1/2″ squares and put into a jar to store.
That’s it! I let my kids eat 1 – 2 per day, although they are so healthy that you can’t really “overdose” on them — since they’re based on food and herbs.
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