Love Notes + Healthy DIY Snacks

Love is in the air! We’re soon approaching Valentines Day, which in this country typically brings to mind the gifting of red roses, chocolate (in any form!) and romantic cards. Here at ecopiggy, we take this holiday less seriously as we believe that love should be sprinkled throughout the year, in unexpected ways! We enjoy surprising each other with nourishing treats, homemade body products, candles, crafts and lots of gratitude! It’s all about the act of giving freely and lighting up others’ lives.

In that spirit, we’ve developed cute eco-friendly notes that you and your kids can share with the family and community at any time of the year. Leave these sweet messages for someone when they least expect it and their day will be instantly brightened! No need to come up with romantic prose; our notes are simply stated and sing loudly. Plus, they are environmentally friendly with minimal packaging, soy-based ink and recycled paper – yes, we also show Mama Earth plenty of love!

If you do want to send your child with Valentine treats on Thursday, how about making something unique that also packs in plenty of nutrition? The kids will never know that they are eating protein-rich goodies! Our Ecopiggy founder loves to make these gummies with her kids, Ella and Alex, and they both have fun choosing new shapes and flavors based on the fruit juice options. What an easy recipe to shake up the typical Valentines traditions and also serve as a standby treat for the rest of the year. We hope you and your family enjoy some quality time in the kitchen.  

Healthy Gummy Treats

1 cup of your favorite organic juice

1 tablespoon organic lemon juice

4 tablespoons Collagen Powder

Honey (optional. we don’t use it.)

Mix juices, and sweetener if using it. Over medium-high heat, warm the juice mix.  Do not bring to boil. Reduce heat and slowly add collagen one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly. Make sure the collagen is well incorporated before adding the remaining powder. Once the powder is all dissolved, you can transfer mix to your molds. If you don’t have any molds, you can use muffin trays or simply pour mix into a pyrex and place in the fridge until hardened.  Enjoy!!!

~Kristin Cole