Did you know that about 25 percent of toddlers and preschoolers don’t eat a single serving of fruit on a given day, and 30 percent don’t eat a single serving of vegetables? Not one bite! Not only that, according to the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study, french fries are the most popular “vegetable.”
With our fast-paced, fast-food culture, it’s not uncommon for families to miss mealtimes or to throw together something to eat that’s nutritionally sub-par. But missing key nutrients on a regular basis can be detrimental to anyone’s health, especially to a child’s quickly developing body. Even if you think you’re eating healthy, specific diets, lifestyles, and conditions might lead to nutritional deficits you might not even be aware of.
Should your toddler take a multi-vitamin? While the American Academy of Pediatrics hasn’t made it a recommendation for all children, it’s clear many toddlers could benefit from one. Deciding if your child should is a conversation to have with your doctor, but here are five reasons your toddler might need to:
1. Your toddler is a very picky eater. Finicky eating is very normal during this phase of development, but it’s also very concerning for nutrition-minded parents. When all your child will eat is “white food” and anything green is quickly and loudly refused, your child’s missing the full spectrum of nutrients that come from “eating a rainbow.”
2. Your toddler has dietary restrictions. If your child is vegetarian, lactose intolerant, or has other food sensitivities or allergies, without a dietary supplement, he could be missing out on some vital nutrients.
3. Your toddler has a chronic medical condition like asthma or digestive problems that could be linked to vitamin deficits.
4. Your toddler regularly takes medications. Some medicines can affect the levels of specific nutrients in the body. (NOTE: Definitely consult a physician before trying supplements if you’re taking any medication.)
5. You’d simply like a little extra health insurance. Kids grow fast and taking a supplement can help close any nutrient gaps to better promote healthy development.
Three important things to note:
Supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Encourage healthy foods as much as possible. Check out our Honest blog posts for family-friendly recipes!
More is not always better. Some nutrients (like iron) can be toxic or fatal in high doses. Take only what’s recommended.
Treat vitamins like medicine and keep them safely away from children.
If you feel your child could use a daily multi-vitamin, try Honest’s Baby & Toddler Multi Powder or Kid’s Multi-Vitamin! They’re made with pure, high quality, real food nutrients and their ultra-gentle formulas are perfect for sensitive tummies (and taste buds!). Bonus: Mix the Multi Powder with breast milk, formula, or cold foods (yogurt, cereal, applesauce, etc.) for a quick and easy daily nutrient boost!
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
Did you know that 85% of the dirt in your home is brought in from the outside on the bottom of your shoes? Yuck, right!
The one thing both Jessica and Christopher swear by is this: Remove your shoes when you come in! You’ll protect your floors, keep them cleaner, and greatly reduce the “invisible enemies” you track in—dirt, chemicals, bacteria, feces, lead dust, pesticides, allergenic dust, animal dander, and other pollutants.
To avoid a messy pile of sneakers, sandals, and heels by the front door, create a shoe tray so there is a designated (and aesthetically pleasing) spot to rest your kicks. It will also act as a reminder to you and your guests to leave your shoes at the door.
1. Find an old tray that has been lying around the house just looking for a new purpose in life. If you don’t have a tray, get creative and use an old picture frame (glass or plastic removed), try a shallow dresser drawer, find a large baking sheet, or scour the garage for workable pieces.
3. Next, measure the length and width of the interior of your tray.
4. Lay your eco-turf down on a flat surface with the grass facing toward the ground. Measure and cut the appropriate size shape to be inserted into your tray.
Tip: Similarly, washable materials like tile or river rocks work well to fill the tray because they also can withstand any moisture that might collect from your shoes’ soles. The eco-turf or other filler should be periodically rinsed off to wash away any leftover muck from your shoes.
5. Tuck your eco-turf inside your tray and place the finished piece by your front door so you and your guests can kick off your shoes.
Like you, we often worry if our young children are getting the right balance of healthy foods, vitamins, and minerals — especially if our little ones have picky palates or they’ve taken a vacation from eating well. And we know just how difficult it can be to feed kiddos who don’t like any fruits or veggies. You have to rely on your ninja chef skills and sneak in the good stuff where they least expect it.
That’s why we developed our whole-food based Baby & Toddler Multi Powder—so you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that your smallest family members are getting the nutrition they need despite their aversion to anything fresh or green. The formula is made with 22 essential vitamins and minerals from 31 organic fruits and veggies, not to mention key antioxidants, superfoods, and amino acids. And the individual packages are easy to mix into food and drinks. Trust us, even your pickiest eater won’t know how many organic beets, carrots, or kale he is eating!
1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so dish up Christopher Gavigan’s favorite morning meal (his kids love it!). Using an organic goat’s milk yogurt, create a parfait by sprinkling it with ground flax seed, pomegranate seeds, DHA fish oil, bee pollen, and the Baby & Toddler Multi Powder. Christopher encourages you to mix up the toppings throughout the week. Consider trying chia and buckwheat, organic homemade granola, in-season berries, and more.
2. Mix it into your homemade baby food and try these great Honest recipes from Catherine McCord of Weelicious. Or, if your child is older, swirl it into a powerhouse smoothie.
3. Fuel their brains at school by seamlessly mixing the powder with a nut butter and pairing it with a banana for a tasty sandwich or wrap. If your kids are addicted to dipping food into condiments, blend the powder in hummus or guacamole and serve it with organic baby carrots for a healthy snack.
4. While the powder is not made to be mixed with hot foods (we’re talking straight from the oven or stove), you can incorporate it with marinara or cheese sauce for pasta once they’ve cooled down to a safe-for-eating temperature.
5. Improve sweet treats by folding the powder into no-bake cookies. And help them go down, while building healthy bodies, by mixing the powder with breast milk, formula, milk of choice, or 100% natural juice.