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Thursday, June 27, 2013

What do you recommend as a mulitvitamin for children?

What do you recommend instead of Nutrimon as a daily supplement for the 10 yr old boy who gets sores on his lips if run down.
Nutrimon has been great and easy, so something similar would be great.
Regards, Sarah
Chewable children's multivitamins certainly are convenient; but I have had my reservations about some brands because, to make them palatable for children, these pills often have added artificial flavourings (Nutrimon is pretty good on this issue).  Another issue is the dose is often very low per pill (children have high metabolic demands and need more nutrients per kilo of weight as compared to an adult). 

Children's vitamins have been slow movers. So we no longer stock any.

I am a fan of the Super Smoothie for children.  It gets children away from pills and teaches them how to prepare food from food ingredients while adding some specialty powders to boost the nutritional value.

Here is an example of a delicious and nutritious Super Smoothie for 2-3 fussy children:
  • Half scoop Super Smoothie mix
  • 2-4 dessertspoons of any infant formula powder from the super market
  • Add about 1/4 can of coconut cream
  • One cup of dark berries such as boysenberries, blue berries or black berries (fresh or frozen)
  • Add about one cup of full cream milk (silvertop)
  • One dessertspoon of Waihi Bush Flax Balance
  • Water to suit.
Optional Extras
  • One ripe banana
  • Yogurt or ice cream to tempt fussy eaters!
  • Add the same quantity of infant milk formula as for the Super Smoothie powder.  This reduces some of the grainy feel to the smoothie mix.
Good times to serve the Super Smoothie is with breakfast and immediately upon getting home from school.

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