A balanced diet is the key to living a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, many people take their health for granted and they don’t think twice about the nutrients they may or may not be getting. If you’re concerned about getting the nutrients your body needs, you might consider taking a daily vitamin.
Vitamin supplements are great, but the pills are often large and unpleasant to swallow – especially for kids. If you are having trouble finding a good vitamin supplement, gummy vitamins might be just what you need. Keep reading to learn about vitamin gummies and to receive a recipe for making your own.
Easy Homemade Chewable Vitamin Gummies
This recipe is quick and easy to prepare but, more importantly, easy to customize. You can customize this recipe by choosing what kind of vitamin you want to make – simply purchase vitamin powder or crush up vitamin pills according to the nutrients you need.
- 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 8 teaspoons powdered gelatin
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon vitamin powder
- Whisk together the orange juice, gelatin, and honey in a saucepan over low heat.
- Cook until the gelatin is completely dissolved and the syrup thickens slightly.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the crushed vitamins.
- Pour the mixture into small silicone models and freeze for 10 minutes to harden.
- Pop the gummies out of the molds and cut into smaller sizes, if needed, then serve.
The Benefits of Chewable Vitamins
Whether you have a specific nutritional deficiency or you just want to boost your overall nutrition, chewable vitamins are a great option. First and foremost, these vitamins are great because you don’t have to worry about swallowing a giant pill and you don’t need to down an entire glass of water just to take the pill. Plus, chewable vitamins are often flavored to make them a little more pleasant to eat. If you make your own, you have the benefit of controlling the flavor. Feel free to try out different flavors by using fresh juices like orange or apple juice. Just avoid pineapple juice because it is too acidic and it might destroy some of the nutrient content in the gummies.
Not only are chewable vitamins easier to swallow than pills, but they are gentler on your stomach as well. Most over-the-counter vitamins are best taken with food – if you take them only with water your body may not digest them as well and you could end up with nausea or heartburn. Chewable vitamins are broken down more easily because of the enzymes in your saliva that start to break things down before they even reach your stomach. Gummy vitamins are also great because they typically have smaller doses of the vitamin – multi-vitamins and other vitamins tend to contain larger doses which are not ideal for children and which may be too much for some adults as well.
Which Vitamins Should You Use?
When making your own chewable vitamins, you can choose which vitamins you want to make. One of the easiest options is vitamin C because you can purchase vitamin C powder at your local health food store. Some other options include the following:
When purchasing vitamins to make this recipe, be sure you are purchasing high-quality, pure vitamins. If you plan to give these vitamins to your kids, pay attention to dosage recommendations so you don’t accidentally give your kids too much of a vitamin.
By making your own gummy vitamins at home you have complete control over the ingredients you use. These homemade gummies contain only healthy, beneficial ingredients without any artificial additives. What more could you ask for?
Megan is a freelance writer who loves to share recipes and write about women’s health and beauty.