Forget your regular gummy sweets you might ordinarily consume when you fancy something sweet. The extremely high sugar content of these sweets make for an addictive nibble, not many people eat just 2 or 3 gummies from a snack pack do they (I know I don’t). So what if I told you that you could easily make your own, Branched Chain Amino (BCAA) based gummies in less than 20mins!? A gummy that contributes muscle building amino acids to your diet, as well as satisfying that ‘chew’ craving many succumb to can’t be bad! So if you fancy trying these little gems then follow the very simple recipe and directions below:
- 1 scoop of BCAAs mixed with approx. 400ml water
- 5 tablespoons of raw honey
- 6 tablespoons of grass fed gelatin
All you’ve got to do now is heat the BCAAs on a gentle heat until warm but not too hot to touch (and no, the heat won’t denature the amino acids). Next, mix in the raw honey and immediately after add the gelatin, be sure to stir this constantly until the mixture is consistent.
Finally pour the mixture into miniature silicon forms (silicon ice cube moulds will suffice if not). Alternatively you can lay parchment paper on a tray and pour the mixture over. Place this into the freezer for 5 or 10 mins to enable the mixture to set, then pop the gummies out or cut the shapes out afterwards.
Job done! P.s. Be sure to store these in the fridge to avoid melting.
So what do you get from these delightful little treats? Granted these may not be nutrient dense powerhouses like spirulina etc (although you could try stirring some into the mixture…let us know), and yes, these gummies will still contain sugar. However, this time the sugar will be natural in the form of fruit and or honey, and of course you’ll get the added benefit of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine from your BCAA supplement that’s added to it. Without overlooking the gelatine in these too, it’s worth mentioning the joint support this can offer, as well as being a good source of collagen which can tighten skin and may even support digestion.
So it's difficult to quantify how much BCAA you will get per gummy, but as a rule of thumb you might hope to get around 1g BCAA total (blend of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) per gummy, provided your mix yields around 10 gummies. These aren't meant as a muscle building option for you, they do after all contain natural sugar which can still implicate blood sugar regulation if consume to excess. My advice is to treat these gummies as a treat, but a treat that is at least free from high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, modified corn starch, citric acid, and a plethora of artificial sweeteners and colourings...some of the many things that are crammed into commercial gummy sweets today.
When considering which BCAA to go for, look for one that is at least around a 2: 1: 1 Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine ratio.
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