Homemade vitamin jellies will win any contest against the industrial ones. Maybe they will not look as perfect, but when it comes to ingredients – they will always be a better choice! As we are Ketonians, we need to make them sugar-free and this also means the lowest possible amount of fructose!
Homemade jellies and how the trend started?
Well, we have to thank the Paleo movement for the popularity of homemade jellies. People simply wanted to make their own candies, and stop buying industrial products. They couldn’t trust to food industry anymore. The reason for this is that the industry infuses their candies with artificial vitamins. They also add so many bad additives that the product ends up doing more damage than good.
However, in their quest to create homemade jellies, jello or similar treats, Paleo followers made a mistake. They usually add honey, maple syrup, agave syrup and coconut sugar… Well, they would also add high-fructose fruits and think that’s a good homemade treat. As Ketonians, we know that this is not an option for us.
Grass-fed gelatine and its health benefits
Homemade jellies and other gelatine projects are fun but they also can be a very healthy hobby. Let’s quickly go over the amino acids in gelatine from grass-fed animals, which is the only type we recommend!
- Glutamic acid
The specific amino acid content changes depending on the type of animal and the method used to produce gelatine. This is why it’s important to buy organic, clean product from a trusted producer.
Gelatine is the most abundant food source of glycine, which is a potential amino acid necessary for healthy body functions
Many studies have shown that, although our bodies can make glycine, we cannot make enough to cover our daily requirements. Therefore, it’s essential to eat enough food containing glycine! (Study that covers this subject).
Gelatine, if it’s grass-fed, consists of water and some vitamins. Minerals that are present in gelatine are sodium, calcium, phosphorus and folate
My second not-so-secret ingredient for homemade vitamin jellies
Yes, I am talking about the mighty Sea buckthorn. I think I wrote more articles about it than anyone online! 🙂 But it deserves much more attention. It’s a powerful remedy, medicinal plant and Keto-friendly in all possible ways! I even designed a variety of products in our webshop inspired by these powerful berries.
What makes Sea buckthorn a superfood?
These tiny orange berries are about three times smaller than blueberries, yet they carry 12 times the amount of vitamin C when compared to an orange. With high amounts of good Omega-3, omega-7 and omega-9 fatty acids, protein, fibre, antioxidants! Let’s not forget many vitamins… About 190 bioactive compounds.
If I had to choose three foods to live on, it would be Sea Buckthorn, lamb and quail eggs! Luckily, Keto Mediterranean diet offers a wide variety of superfood from the sea and land! But in particular, sea buckthorn is the only fruit that offers less sugar than fat, which is a miracle among berries.
Homemade jellies with sea buckthorn and grass-fed gelatine
Homemade vitamin jelliesCourse: Keto treatCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
30 ml (1 fl oz) concentrated sea buckthorn juice
200 ml (6,7 fl oz) water
30g (1 oz) grass-fed beef gelatine
6 drops monk fruit or stevia liquid sweetener
1 pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon stevia or monk fruit blend sweetener in crystals
- Mix Gelatine with cold water in a saucepan and leave it to bubble for 2 minutes. Start gently heating the mixture and constantly whisk.
- Gelatine will melt and become transparent in 2-3 minutes. Remove it from heat and let it cool down a bit.
- Add sea buckthorn concentrated juice, sea salt and sweetener. Whisk well.
- Pour the mixture in a silicon mould and leave in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Remove the jellies from the silicon mould and place them on a wide plate. Wait for them to defrost, and then keep them in the refrigerator.
- This is optional, but for a real jelly effect, you can sprinkle some granulated stevia or monk fruit-based sweetener.
- You can make concentrated sea buckthorn juice by soaking dried berries in room temperature water for a couple of hours. Then blend the berries and strain. The right ratio would be 250 ml of water (1 cup) and 6 tablespoons dried berries.