These DIY Protein Gummies Have a Secret Ingredient That Endurance Athletes Swear By

Last Update: September 28, 2022

The first week of any new diet or fitness plan can be rough—especially if you’re starting both at the same time (or even just stepping up your existing workout routine).

Help your body through the transition and power through workouts without feeling depleted with our secret weapon: endurance gummies you can whip up at home!

Inside, there’s nothing but good-for-you, healing ingredients. Grass-fed gelatin is a good source of protein that also supports the joints and raw honey provides carbs for energy. And then there are chia seeds, a favorite of endurance athletes—and for good reason! Chia boast an impressive nutritional profile. A single serving supplies all nine essential amino acids and lots of antioxidants. Gram for gram, they have more heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon. They’ve even been shown to be as effective at enhancing muscle performance during endurance events as popular sports drinks. Best of all, they’re easy to make, fun to eat, and totally portable. These gummies go the extra mile so you can, too!

Endurance Gummies

What you need

4 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
½ teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1 cup boiling water
¼ cup raw honey
1 cup pomegranate juice
3 tablespoons chia seeds
Silicone ice cube molds


Combine gelatin and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in boiling water, mixing until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in honey and pomegranate juice. Divide the mixture between silicone ice cube molds and sprinkle a generous layer of chia seeds on top. Let set in fridge for about four hours.

Remove gummies from the molds and store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Melinda Gross

Melinda writes about health, wellness, and food for the Thrive Market blog. She started her career as a financial journalist in NYC and has written for Where Magazine, Worth, Forbes, and When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys working out, sketching, and playing with her daughter and mini-dachshund, Goliath.

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