Good-For-You Gummies

I I I I work out!

I do!  Okay, but seriously, guys, this is just getting ridiculous.

The LMFAO duo might get their workouts in by roller blading and gyrating, but most of the time, my workouts have me wanting to scream instead of sing.  Okay, it's not really all that bad, but the pressure to do awesome things in the gym has gone up by a factor of, like, craziness.

I am now 7 weeks out from the time I'm supposed to be stage-ready.  Based on my current body fat measurements, this leaves me with 7 weeks to drop about 4% body fat.  Of course, I still have to try to hang on to the muscle I've worked so hard to get, too.  

Can I just ask - is that even possible?  Maybe I don't even want to know.  In any case, gymming has increased in intensity, with a smidge more high intensity cardio than I was doing (most of which are classes that I'm actually teaching), and dieting has become a bit more rigid.

Luckily, I'm still feeling like I'm fairly on track, or at least making the changes that I need to at this point.  The jiggly areas do appear to be getting less jiggly...

And speaking of which!  These jiggly things have come into my life at just the right time!  I finally found the recipe for a treat that curbs my candy cravings while - check it - fueling/supporting my work outs with a branched chain amino acid blend.  I found the recipe first at this girl's website, and took the recipe from there.

This was my first batch!  I used 3 packets unflavored gelatin and one packet flavored for each batch.  The red batch has strawberry sugar free gelatin and 4 scoops Gaspari Nutrition's Amino/BCAA blend in Strawberry Kiwi flavor.  The purple batch has cherry sugar free gelatin and 4 scoops of grape flavored Essential Amino Energy from Optimum Nutrition.  They were super tasty, but I followed the directions on the other website and did not heat the gelatin mixture before adding the amino blend.  The result was a much grainier texture than I later got with melting the gelatin first.

This was my first batch!  I used 3 packets unflavored gelatin and one packet flavored for each batch.  The red batch has strawberry sugar free gelatin and 4 scoops Gaspari Nutrition's Amino/BCAA blend in Strawberry Kiwi flavor.  The purple batch has cherry sugar free gelatin and 4 scoops of grape flavored Essential Amino Energy from Optimum Nutrition.  They were super tasty, but I followed the directions on the other website and did not heat the gelatin mixture before adding the amino blend.  The result was a much grainier texture than I later got with melting the gelatin first.

The easy part is melting the gelatin into the water and making the jiggly base for the gummies.  But then it's up to you what you want to make them become!  

First, pick your silicone mold.  It's really easy to find these molds, and they are sold all over the place as ice cube trays.  I got my first set (heart shapes) at Ikea, then another set later (pumpkins) at Fry's grocery store, and my latest set (Halloween-themed!) at Michael's Craft store.  Of course, Amazon probably sells a ton as well.  I mean, what can't you find on Amazon?  

Next, determine their flavor and function:

If you just want low-calorie treats, that's super easy.  Pick a flavor of Crystal Light drink mix or another light, easily dissolvable, drink mix.  You'll need at least 4 packets, but you can determine that as you go, too.  Another idea would be to add a flavored packet of sugar-free gelatin.  You can add this on its own, or alongside another flavoring from a drink mix.

If you, like me, want a yummy snack that adds a little more than a couple calories to your day, try adding something like your favorite powdered version of an amino/BCAA blend,  preworkout or energy drink mix, or vitamin packet.  These often come in flavored drink mixes that are easy to add to the gelatin and make them taste really good!

For these smooth-textured yummy gummies, I melted the gelatin/water mixture in a double boiler until smooth, let cool ever so slightly (it never gets too hot to begin with) and then added my amino blends,  The pink ones have 4 packets unflavored gelatin + 4 scoops Strawberry Kiwi Aminolast Recovery + Endurance Fuel by Gaspari Nutrition + one packet of a strawberry flavored vitamin drink mix.  The purple ones have 18 scoops of the aforementioned grape mix - to make a serving size of gummies more reasonable - plus 4 packets unflavored gelatin and one packet cherry vitamin drink mix.  You know, just for fun.

For these smooth-textured yummy gummies, I melted the gelatin/water mixture in a double boiler until smooth, let cool ever so slightly (it never gets too hot to begin with) and then added my amino blends,  The pink ones have 4 packets unflavored gelatin + 4 scoops Strawberry Kiwi Aminolast Recovery + Endurance Fuel by Gaspari Nutrition + one packet of a strawberry flavored vitamin drink mix.  The purple ones have 18 scoops of the aforementioned grape mix - to make a serving size of gummies more reasonable - plus 4 packets unflavored gelatin and one packet cherry vitamin drink mix.  You know, just for fun.

For a standard silicone "ice cube" tray, there are usually about 10-16 molds.  This recipe would make about 20-36 pieces.  Knowing how many pieces you'll get will help you determine how much powder to add.

For example, when I was making my first batch of grape gummies, I also added one packet of cherry vitamin drink mix alongside 4 scoops of the amino/preworkout blend.  Later I realized that I would have to eat the WHOLE batch (all 20!) of the gummies to get the full vitamin benefit, if I wanted that, or at least half the batch to get one serving of aminos!  The gummies are big enough that I'd only rather eat around 4 in one sitting.  Because my trays together made 36 gummies, I added 18 scoops of the grape amino blend for the next batch, so that four gummies equaled the serving size of 2 scoops each! Voila.

Good-For-You Gummies 

4 packets unflavored gelatin (.25 oz each)*
1/2 c. cold water
Choose your own addition!  

Blend gelatin and cold water together until there are no more clumps.

In a double boiler - any non-reactive metal bowl or sturdy glass bowl that can rest on top of a small pot of boiling water without touching the water will do - heat the gelatin, stirring, until it completely dissolves.  Remove from the heat and mix in your flavorings!

Place your silicone trays on a baking sheet to make them easy to transfer to the freezer.  Use a spoon to distribute the gelatin among the molds, and place on a level spot in the freezer for 10-18 minutes.  Take them out of the molds and move them to a sealed container to store in the refrigerator!

*If anyone knows of a good vegan gelatin brand, let me know - I'm all ears!  (Well - eyes. I do have to read your comments, after all.  Tell me!)