Elderberry Gummy Bears

Elderberry Gummy BearsI don’t know where you live, but here in North Texas, it went from summer to fall seemingly over night this past weekend! The winds came through, the cooler temperatures kissed our skin, and, unfortunately, the fall allergies rushed the field.

It is the best of times and the worst of times, this FALL, this AUTUMN! I absolutely love this season, but for some reason, it just does not love me back most of the time. I have definitely been feeling the effects and have some kiddos with some runny noses, too, so this morning, after I had my two school goers shuffled off to their school,  I decided to load up on artillery for the onslaught of the allergy season!

I started my morning by juicing some carrots, apples, and fresh ginger.

Then, I made some Elderberry Gummy Bears! If you haven’t read about the benefits of elderberry, they are abundant for this season. To list a few:

~ a very powerful antioxidant
~ anthocyanin levels make it anticarcinogenic
~ more vitamin C than oranges
~ antiviral
~high ORAC
~improves the coordination of the immune system

This article is worth the read and gives all the proper props to Elderberry!

Recipe:

1/2 cup Elderberry Concentrate
1/2 cup organic pomegranate juice
2 tablespoon organic lime juice
3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin (I used Great Lakes, the orange bottle)

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a small sauce pan and then heat just to almost a boil/low boil and remove from heat. I like to let mine cool down for 5-10 minutes before transferring to my molds. Refrigerate until set.

You can use any silicone mold for these, or even a glass dish and then simply cut into squares. I found my bear molds on Amazon.com.

These are certainly the most expensive$ gummy bears I have ever made, but I know that my kiddos will be so happy to chomp these down, and I will be equally as happy knowing that they will be getting such great nutritional benefits from this healthful & protective treat.   ~Happy Fall~

Strawberry Lemon Avocado Tarts {no bake, grain free, honey & fruit sweetened}

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I saw this delicious looking post on Instagram for these avocado tarts, and I thought I would put my own spin on them. They were definitely a treat both to our plates AND our palates. Look at these gorgeous pops of color!

For the “Crust”:
I cup almond meal
1/2 cup pitted dates
2 Tablespoons boiling water (careful!)
Zest of 1 lemon

For the Filling:
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup raw honey
Zest of 1 lemon

For the TOPPING: I did half with fresh kiwi & half with crushed Freeze-Dried Organic Strawberries. The strawberry variety was my favorite! So yummy, and so healthful! Hope you enjoy!

Watermelon Lemonade {no sugar}

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Ever notice that MELON and LEMON have all the same letters? Sounds like a perfect match to me!

Fresh watermelon juice was created by blending fresh seedless watermelon (cut from the rind) in my Vitamin blender. Once it was well blended, I strained it all through a fine-mesh nut-milk bag to get a smooth and grit/pulp-free juice.

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Strain blended watermelon through a fine-mesh bag to get roughly 2 cups.

Now comes the hard part. Okay, just kidding – now simply add in 1/4 cup of organic lemon juice. Yes, that’s it!  SO very refreshing and SO watermelony 🙂       {watermelony? … Works for me!}

Once special touch that I did add to these cups of melon goodness is the flake-salted rim. Does this sound odd to anyone? My mom is a salt-lover. My daughter is also a salt-lover. Both of these girls-of-my-world seem to believe that watermelons and salt go hand in hand; one simply can’t happen without the other. So, I thought the perfect way to celebrate this combo was to do a salted rim. The salt I used was a pink Himalayan flake salt. I thought it was an interesting and fun addition, and it definitely got a thumbs up by my sweet girly.

Happy Weekend!

Watermelon Lemonade In The Grass