We all know its ideal to get our vitamins through food. Nothing can compete with the synergistic properties that only whole foods can bring. However, as any good parent and health conscious person knows, its always a good idea to support a diet with a multivitamin, to fill in the gaps.
What makes a good children’s vitamin?
- Taste! If they won’t eat them, what good are they, right? (But they can’t be too good. I once had to call poison control when Erica was 3 because she ate our entire jar of gummy bear vitamins. The guy on the other end of the phone told me he got that same call every single day!)
- Contrary to popular belief, multivitamins do not need to contain 100% of the RDA to be good. We eat a lot of fortified foods in this country and toxicity may be more of a risk than deficiency, especially in fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A.
- Beware of artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors. If you won’t feed this to your kids in their food, why would you let them have it in a vitamin?
Dr. Sears Family Essentials sent my kids some of their vitamins to try. They tasted great without the addition of artificial sweeteners and colors. And my kids did not have to be reminded to take them! Their fruit chew line includes a multivitamin, Omega 3 supplements, Vitamin C and D chews. All of them tasted great, according to my kids.
Dr. Sears has become a well known name in the children’s health world. He has written over 32 books and has a website that attracts 1.5 million unique users each month.
And now, without further delay, here is our healthy meal ideas for this week.
|Monday||Morning Glory Muffins||Mango chicken salad wrap||
Plain Yogurt with Cottage cheese and berries
|BBQ chicken with sweet potato Crescent rolls|
|Tuesday||blueberry Smoothies with whole wheat toast||Layered Pea Salad||Poppers||Black Bean Tortilla casserole|
|Wednesday||One eyed monsters and orange juice||Whole wheat pasta with broccoli and parmesan cheese||Apples with peanut butter||
Chicken and rice with mushrooms, onions, broccoli
|Thursday||Banana Nut Waffles||“Face sandwiches” English muffin- Nut (peanut butter) apples and raisins)||Apple Chips||Kewl Asian Wraps|
|Friday||Black bean and salsa omelets||
Almond Butter and Jelly on Whole wheat bread
Almonds and raisins
Lasagna with salad
Only 3 weeks left till I’m running this marathon with my friend. Tomorrow, we are trying for our longest run of 24 miles. If I am not online all day as a result, its because the run kicked my trash, like I’m expecting it to. The last long run we did left me sick and immobile all day long!!
But on a positive note, our PTA is planning a 5K fundraiser this year instead of selling junk food! Hooray!