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
- 1/2 cup nut butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 heaping tablespoon of powdered herbs – (here are some good blends – Daily Boost Mix, Erin’s Green Drink Mix, Spring Tonic Blend, Adaptogen Herb Blend)
- unsweetened coconut, cinnamon powder, chia seeds
- small amount of coconut oil
- Mix nut butter, honey, cacao powder, and herbs in a bowl. Mix well.
- Coat hands in a small amount of coconut oil and pinch off small bits of your mix. Roll into small balls about 1 inch in diameter.
- Feel free to roll some balls in coconut, cinnamon or chia seeds for extra nutrition and a variation in taste.
Kids can eat 3-4 balls a day.
Store in a glass dish in the refrigerator for a month, but chances are they won’t last that long!!
What I do is I give my kids one vitamin ball with breakfast, one with lunch, one at snack, and one with dinner… so 4 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), grab your ingredients, grab a kid, and mix away!
Enjoy… and here’s to you and making your own homemade multivitamins for your kids!