Allow me to introduce you to one of the world’s pickiest eaters, Jack. This boy loves chicken nuggets and a good hot dog every now and again. He will eat fruit, but only when accompanied with peanut butter, thus much less fruit than I would wish. And you can forget about vegetables, unless it comes in the form of a sweet potato fry or is hidden in a smoothie. I have tried and tried and tried. As a baby, I gave him everything to expand his picky little pallet, but to no avail. Mothers of picky eaters, I feel your pain!!
Since Jack is missing out on many of the good vitamins and minerals that are in the whole foods he chooses not to eat, we have supplemented with different vitamins over the past few years. The ones that won, as you can imagine, are the sugar-coated gummies. That is why I was over-the-moon excited to hear about AlternaVites for Kids! They come in little packets that look like the individual crystal light flavors. So if you are traveling, you don’t have to take an entire bottle, just put a few packs in your purse and you’ll be armed and ready. You get thirty of those packets in a box. I want to tell you some of the words on the box… “melts in your mouth”…”awesome taste”…”0 grams of sugar”…”gluten free”…”no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners”. I’ll be honest, when I read that, I was thinking, ok, so they are good for them, but chances are my son will spit them out…awesome taste, yeah right.
Well, my friends, I am happy to say I was wrong. When I first put them on Jack’s tongue, he said “wow! That’s sour!!”. I tried it and it did have a sour taste, but after the sour passed, he said “Mommy, that was so yummy!” It is basically a big, healthy pixie stick. You pour the crystals directly on their tongues and allow them to dissolve. I am a fan of this method because I know that it is immediately getting into their system. Some of the pills always leave me wondering if I am absorbing all of the goodness that I am making an effort to choke down. I really cannot say enough good things about how my child, Mr. Picky, has reacted and enjoyed taking a vitamin.
Another option is to mix the crystals into yogurts, puddings, or a smoothie.
I made the Chocolate Banana Smoothie from the recipe AlternaVites has listed on their website. So if your kiddo is even pickier than mine, I have a feeling a chocolate banana smoothie might do the trick!
I can tell you one thing…this smoothie is Jack approved.
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