Trying to get my kids to drink Pedialyte has never worked for me. That is until I discovered homemade Pedialyte Jello!
Recently, after a friend told me that her daughter was ill and would not drink anything, I decided to investigate other options. Water wasn’t appealing and after trying Pedialyte, she would not drink other flavored drinks due to the lack of trust from that experience.
That’s when I came across this amazing recipe – a homemade Pedialyte Jello! Not only is it tasty, but it also provides essential electrolytes. Her daughter tried it and loved it!
Why Choose Homemade Pedialyte Jello?
I know you might be thinking – why go through the trouble of making homemade Pedialyte when there are store-bought versions available? First, the flavor may not be at all pleasing to many children. Second, those products can contain artificial flavors and excessive sugar levels which aren’t great for children’.
Why not make homemade Pedialyte jello instead where you can control what goes into it without compromising on taste?
Of course, you could buy Pedialyte and add this version. To make from scratch scroll down further. It’s also more cost effective to make it from scratch.
- 1 cup Pedialyte (1/4 cup cold, 3/4 cups boiled–to mix with the gelatin)
- 1 package of unflavored gelatin
The Nutritional Benefits
What makes this treat so special is its nutritional content:
– Replenishes important electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium
– Provides an energy boost with glucose
– Keeps them hydrated
So here’s how to make homemade pedialyte recipe with jello. You’ll thank me later!
Plus, did I mention how simple and cost-effective it is to make yours from scratch?
Your Go-To Recipe
– 4 cups of water
– ½ tsp salt
– 2 Tbsp sugar
– 1 cup juice (preferably natural fruit juice with no added sugars)
– Food coloring (optional)
– 3 packets unflavored gelatin
Let’s Make Homemade Pedialyte Jello!
Start by boiling two cups of water for your homemade Pedialyte Jello.
While waiting for the water to boil, mix together the remaining two cups of cold water, salt, sugar and fruit juice in a separate bowl.
When the water has boiled, remove it from heat and slowly add it to your cold mixture while stirring continuously.
If you want to add some color using food coloring now’s the time – but remember that keeping things as natural as possible is always best!
Add in the unflavored gelatin packets one at a time – make sure they dissolve completely so we get smooth jello.
Pour your mixture into a glass dish or mold of choice and let it set in refrigerator for about four hours.
And there you have it!
Fun Ideas To Make Homemade Pedialyte Jello Even Better
To make this delightful snack even more appealing to our little ones use fun-shaped molds when setting the jello–my daughter loved hearts!
It’s never fun to have a sick child and getting them to eat and drink is always half the battle. While I don’t like putting a ton of sugar in this, if I had to to get fluids in them, I would definitely sweeten your homemade Pedialyte Jello. Honey would probably be better. Or you could opt for the sweetened fruit juice instead of unsweetened.
Ways to start back with eating can also be problematic. I use the BRAT method.
What is the Brat Diet?
You should start with the homemade Pedialyte Jello first and then incorporate the BRAT method.
The BRAT diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast – these bland foods are easy to digest and can help alleviate symptoms of stomach upset, such as nausea or diarrhea. This diet is recommended by pediatricians during a child’s recovery from tummy issues.
The BRAT diet is designed as a short-term solution to ease stomach discomfort; it usually lasts 24-48 hours. However, consult with your pediatrician about the appropriate duration based on your child’s specific condition.
As your child starts feeling better and their symptoms subside, you can gradually introduce other mild foods like crackers, broths, or boiled potatoes back into their meals before resuming their regular balanced diet. Make sure not to rush this process or you might have a set back.
Homemade Pedialyte jello provides hydration and electrolyte replenishment which complement well with bland foods in the BRAT diet. It can be a helpful to make sure that your child stays hydrated while getting over tummy issues.
The BRAT diet is generally safe but it’s not nutritionally balanced as it lacks essential nutrients like protein, healthy fats, and various vitamins/minerals that children need. It should only be a temporary solution for 24-48 hours.
If your child refuses to eat any of the foods on the BRAT diet, try offering small portions and encourage them gently without forcing them to eat.
You can also get creative by preparing these foods in different ways (e.g., making banana smoothies) or introducing other mild foods gradually depending on what your child likes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this homemade Pedialyte recipe with jello safe for babies and toddlers?
While this treat is designed to be nutritious and kid-friendly, it’s always best to consult with your pediatrician before introducing new foods or supplements to younger children, especially infants.
Can I use a store-bought flavored gelatin mix instead of unflavored gelatin?
You can certainly use a flavored gelatin mix; however, keep in mind that these mixes tend to contain added sugars and artificial flavors.
How long does this recipe last in the refrigerator?
HPJ can last up to 7-10 days when stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s recommended to consume it within this time frame for optimal taste and freshness.
I don’t have access to natural fruit juice – what else can I use as flavoring?
If you cannot find natural fruit juice without added sugars, consider using fresh fruit puree or even herbal teas as alternatives!
How can I make a sugar-free version of this with homemade Pedialyte recipe with Jello?
For a sugar-free alternative, you can use a natural sweetener like stevia or erythritol in place of the sugar.
Can I add additional vitamins or supplements to Homemade Pedialyte Jello?
Yes, you may add extra vitamins, minerals, or other supplements based on your child’s specific needs; however, always consult with your pediatrician before adding any new supplement into their diet.
What are some other ways I can serve this for picky eaters?
To entice picky eaters, you could try cutting the set Jello into fun shapes using cookie cutters, layering different flavors/colors for visual appeal, or even blending it with yogurt and fruit for a smoothie-like consistency.