I may be late to the party, but I finally tried La Croix sparkling water a few days ago and now I’m obsessed! Trying to kick a soda habit or have issues with getting in enough water? You need to try this!

La Croix is sparkling water with the ingredients of carbonated water and natural flavor. No sodium, no chemicals, no questions. According to their website, “the natural flavors are derived from the non-GMO essence oils extracted from the named fruit used in each of our LaCroix flavors. There are no sugars or artificial ingredients contained in, nor added to, these extracted flavors.” It’s even Whole30 approved, and no one is more vigilant about being hardcore clean than Whole30! Plus, let’s be honest, the tall skinny can makes me feel fancy. 

My new found love for this clean beverage got me thinking though…

In teaming up with Produce for Kids to support the fight again childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating habits, I’ve been compelled to overhaul my own kids’ snack options as well. As mentioned in my previous post, we had gotten into a very bad habit of Goldfish, fruit leather, and pretzels. No more though! The first 5 days have gone swimmingly without that junk, but I’m trying to stay on my game and prepare for the “not this again!” whines that may ensue.

In preparing for a future blog post of a ton of healthy snack ideas, I started brainstorming while sipping on Apple Berry La Croix. I don’t even know what made me think of it—perhaps the all-natural, non-chemically created sweetness—but I realized that this would make delicious “Jell-o”! I grabbed my canister of Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin from the cabinet, vaguely remembered the “science” behind the boiling and cold water mixture from my days of making Jell-o shots (thanks college!), and 5 minutes later, the “jello” was chilling in the fridge.

This is actually a SUPER clean and healthy dessert or snack you can feel good about serving! The gelatin is so wonderful for collagen joint care, hair growth, healthy gut, etc. (learn more here) and the La Croix is hydrating, while creating the necessary sweetness to get your kids to actually eat it! This can be labeled as gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, and it’s technically paleo-friendly.

It’s certainly not Aunt Bethany’s Jell-o Mold!

Photo courtesy: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Photo courtesy: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

CLEAN JIGGLERS

Prep Time: 5 minutes |Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups La Croix sparkling water (about 1.33 cans; flavor of choice)
  • 1.5 T Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin (note: the quality of gelatin makes or breaks this as a healthy food)
  • Optional: bite size fruit like diced melon, grapes, or berries; lemon juice; lemon or orange zest

Directions:

  1. In a microwaveable container, add 1 cup of La Croix. Microwave for 2.5-3 minutes or until it comes to a boil. (Other option, if you have the time, is to use a sauce pan on the stovetop and bring to a boil.)
  2. In larger container, mix remaining 1 cup of cold La Croix and 1T of gelatin together. Stir until fully blended.
  3. Add hot La Croix to cold mix and stir gently once or twice.
  4. Optional: Add fruit to bottom of 8×8 Pyrex dish, ice cube tray, or candy mold.
  5. Pour liquid mixture into Pyrex/tray/mold. If applicable, fully cover fruit.
  6. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or cover.
  7. Place in fridge for 3-4 hours.
  8. After 3-4 hours, pop out of molds or cut into squares or fun shapes with cookie cutters and serve.

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