I discovered while eating out the other day that my 18 month old daughter likes Jello. There are not many things she will eat at the moment so I let her indulge. I decided to make some at home but when I read the ingredients I was less than impressed.
Strawberry Jello (Sugar, Gelatin, Adipic Acid (For Tartness), Contains Less Than 2% Of Artificial Flavor, Disodium Phosphate And Sodium Citrate (Control Acidity), Fumaric Acid (For Tartness), Red 40.)
I looked to Pinterest to help me find a healthier alternative to the artificial flavors and dyes. Sure, its still sugar, but my daughter and husband can enjoy it without me worrying about all the chemicals.
Here is the recipe:
1.5 Tbsp Beef Gelatin (I like this one)
1/4 cup hot (not boiling) water
1/4 cup cool water
3 cups favorite 100% Juice (preferably organic)
Honey if want it sweeter!
1. Mix gelatin in cool water until dissolved.
2. Add hot water (this activates the gelatin) and stir some more.
3. Mix in with juice (and honey if you are using any).
4. Pour into single serving jars or a tray (to make jigglers). Ice cube trays also work (although they are not easy to clean).
We have made this with watermelon juice and grape juice; both were a hit!
Written by: Sara Jane Weidner
Our blog editor and Athlon Nutrition founder Sara Jane Weidner holds her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. See citations in each post for author credits.