Glycine-rich Goat Gummies
When mamas are pregnant or just had a baby, they usually hear the same nutrition advice over and over again. Things like taking in folate, drinking enough fluid, and eating low-mercury seafood. One less-known nutrition tip is that a certain amino acid is needed in higher amounts when pregnant (especially during the third trimester) and postpartum. This amino acid, glycine, is found mostly in connective tissue, so it is found in food sources like gelatin, collagen, bone broth, pork rinds, and chicken wings. These foods are not high on the list of my friend’s commonly eaten foods, and I am always trying to find ways to helicopter my friend’s nutrition when they are expecting (I can’t believe I still have friends!).
Why do pregnant women and new mamas need more glycine, you ask? The needs for glycine become increased to the point that your body can not produce enough and needs to be ingested via food. It is considered a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning it is only considered essential during certain times of stress or illness. Some roles of glycine in pregnancy include:
1. essential to the growth of baby’s bones, teeth, hair, skin, and nails
2. plays a role in development of fetal DNA
2. supports mom's stretching skin, uterus, and placenta
3. helps with repair post-delivery and may play a role in maintaining skin's elasticity (hello, stretch marks!)
I received a sample of Vital Kosher grass-fed beef gelatin and decided I would take a stab at making some homemade gummies. (Please note that Vital did not pay me to write this or ask me to review anything). If anything, I would feed them to my daughter who would eat traditional gummy snacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I let her. The ones she prefers are not made with real gelatin, and many are loaded with added sugars and colorings. I enlisted her help and we went to work. Yes, I know the ingredients are not the healthiest. The juices and honey add a lot of sugar. The goal is to get more glycine into the diet, and hopefully anybody that is making these balances out the rest of their daily sugar intake accordingly. This is a better choice than traditional gummy bears that are made with glucose syrup, food coloring, and gelatin that is not made from grass-fed animals.
ORANGE CREAM GUMMIES
1.5 cups orange juice
1 cup whole milk (or 1 cup coconut milk)
½ cup honey
½ cup white grape juice
2 Vital Beef Gelatin stick packs
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
In a pot, I whisked together the juice, milk honey, salt, and gelatin on medium heat until it came to a light boil. I then simmered for 5 minutes until the gelatin dissolved. I then turned off the heat and mixed in the vanilla.
I poured the mixture into a jellyroll pan, covered, and put in the fridge. I let it sit overnight, and the next day used a cookie cutter to make the gummies or cut into whichever shape you desire. You can also put the liquid in a mold before it is put in the refrigerator.
Why did I use goat cookie cutters, you ask? Simple answer: the goat cookie cutter was on sale at Target for 95 cents. I wish I had a better answer…
These gummies are a great alternative to traditional gummies that are not made with real gelatin and made with the most healthful ingredients. They are a great treat to bring to a new mama who needs the extra glycine to aid with healing after delivery instead of candy, or to an expecting mama as an addition to a baby shower gift! These were the easiest things in the world to make and I will definitely be playing around and creating more variations to homemade gummies soon. Hope y’all enjoy!