My kids LOVE jello! I CAN’T STAND the ingredients in jello! As most of you have probably been in a similar situation before, you can understand my feeling of total elation when I discovered these little Chia Squeeze Pouches at Costco. They have a flavor and consistency much like jello and I am pleased with the ingredients. In fact, I love the extra punch of omega-3’s from the chia seeds, not to mention all the other health benefits of these little superfoods. And by some stroke of luck, all three of my kids gave them a thumbs up! Now, this was a definite victory, but considering we plowed through that box of 12 pouches in under two days, I was feeling a tremendous amount of guilt over the 12 empty foil pouches we just contributed to our ever-growing landfills. Even though we recycle the plastic caps at the closest Aveda store (they use them to make new bottles for their products) and the cardboard box in our regular recycling bin, the thought of sending countless foil pouches into the trash was not setting well with me. Apparently, it wasn’t setting well with Mallory, my six year old, either, as she pulled her empty pouch out of her lunch box after school one day and said “Here, Mom, you can rinse this out and fill it up again for tomorrow.” (Insert proud parent grin here.) Then I proceeded to thank her for reminding me about the reusable pouches we already own which would be a fantastic option. Let me add that these reusable pouches are easy to fill, easy to clean and dishwasher safe…not too mention adorable.
So, as usual, I went to my sounding board, Amy, and told her we needed to find a way to make this chia seed jello ourselves! We decided that an organic juice (preferably a high antioxidant juice, like a pomegranate, cherry or berry flavor) with no added sugars would make a great base for the “jello”.
Or use a Good Belly Probiotic Juice for more immune support. Well, one week and three batches in, I am thrilled to introduce to you a no-guilt jello recipe! I ran the numbers and making them at home doesn’t cost a penny more than buying them at Costco and it’s much more eco-firendly. So, for the mom-on-the-go who thinks she doesn’t have time to make a healthy, eco-friendly snack…problem solved. You’ll find these little pouches of high-protein, brain-boosting and surprisingly filling “jello” make the perfect addition to any meal as well as a grab-n-go snack.
- 2 cups organic pomegranate, cherry or berry juice (or Good Belly probiotic juice)
- 8 Tbsp organic, raw chia seeds
- Pour juice into large mason jar.
- Add chia seeds and stir immediately until well-mixed.
- Stir every 2-3 mintues for 20 minutes to keep the chia seeds from clumping together.
- Place in fridge to chill.
- Pour into re-usable squirters or a glass and enjoy!