I don’t give my kids a multivitamin. (GASP!)
It’s true. Today, the majority of the multivitamins on the market aren’t all that… even some of those found in health food store. Plus… when was the last time you walked through the vitamin aisle? We’re you as overloaded as I was? How on earth are you supposed to pick a great vitamin from all of those choices? It’s crazy.
So what do I do to make sure my kids are getting the vitamins and minerals their body needs to stay healthy?
It Starts With Food
It’s all about what we put in our mouths.
Now I’m not one to make my life revolve around food, and no… we don’t do perfectly all the time. I’m a sucker for sweets and having a night off of healthy eating every once in a while. No, we don’t go overboard and eat a ton of junk, but I don’t plan our every single meal when we go on vacation either. That’s the sort of thing I’m talking about.
Learning to eat healthy is a journey. It’s overwhelming to go from not knowing anything to doing perfectly in an instant. We’ve chosen to take it one step at a time, improving our diets as we learn.
What I do try to focus on are home-cooked, whole food meals that are nutritional, not over-cooked, and full of healthy fats… with as little eating out and unhealthy snacking as possible. This way I’m sure that my family is getting the good things that their body needs more than the junk they don’t.
But… most times, food isn’t enough to keep our bodies getting the amount of vitamins and minerals we need. So what then?
But What About Supplements
I don’t like supplements. Some people love them. They live off them. They spend so much money on them. It’s ridiculous, and I find that no way to live.
The only actual supplement we do take is Cod Liver Oil because… well, it’s awesome, but that’s a whole other post! Plus… it’s kinda a whole food on it’s own. It’s whole fish oil… not an individual compound taken from the oil of fish. Sort of.
Using Herbs As Vitamins
As far as getting extra vitamins and minerals that we don’t get from food, we look to herbs. Herbs are plants. They are whole foods. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are nourishing to our bodies. I cook with herbs. I treat sickness with herbs. I decorate with herbs. I LOVE herbs.
So when it comes to finding a great multivitamin for my kids (and my husband and I), I make my own. I call them “Vitamin Balls”. They’re delicious, healthy, and easy to make. Let me show you how to do it! (Printable recipe at bottom of post.)
Homemade Herbal Multivitamin Balls For Kids
First, you’ll need 5 simple ingredients.
First, measure out your ingredients. When it comes to your powdered herbs… the sky is the limit. I use the Daily Boost herb mix from Bulk Herb Store since all of these herbs are safe and great for the kids, but sometimes I’ll add in some extra herbs like Slippery Elm Bark and Spirulina. The choice is totally yours.
Next, combine your nut butter, honey, powdered herbs, and cocoa powder together in a bowl and mix it thoroughly. You should end up with a ball that doesn’t stick to the sides of your bowl and looks a tad greasy.
After your herbal vitamins are all mixed up, take out a small amount of your mix and roll it into small balls with your hands. The mix should not be sticky enough to stick to your hands and make a mess thanks to the oils in the nut butter. If for some reason it is, mix in a SMALL amount of water to reduce the stickiness or add in some extra cocoa powder.
Once you have a ball (or several), take it and roll it in your unsweetened coconut flakes to coat it and keep it from sticking.
Once your herbal vitamin balls are rolled up and coated in the coconut flakes, place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or the freezer for 15 minutes to harden them up.
Lastly, store them in an appropriate container in your refrigerator. They’ll be good for up to a week.
What I do is I give my kids one vitamin ball with breakfast, one with lunch, and one with dinner… so 3 a day.
For my man and I, we use “Erin’s Super Green Drink Mix” from Bulk Herb Store in our vitamin balls. It contains Alfalfa, Barley Grass, Beet Root, Bilberry Fruit, Burdock Root, Chamomile Flowers, Cinnamon, Dandelion Leaf, Fennel Seed, Ginkgo Leaf, Eleuthero Root, Green Tea, Hawthorn Berry, Kelp, Lemon Peel, Nutritional Yeast, Oatstraw, Olive Leaf, Orange Peel, Passion Flower, Red Raspberry, Rose Hips, Spinach Leaf, Spirulina, St. John’s Wort, Nettle Leaf, Turmeric root, and Wheat Grass. This is a great blend for adults, but it’s not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing.
So, if you think your kids will like these vitamin balls (and I’d definitely say they will) feel free to print this recipe below to save in your herbal recipe book!
Enjoy… and here’s to you and making your own homemade multivitamins for your kids!