smoothies and hidden nutrients

Anyone ever want to get nutrients into their kid, but not too sure how?? I've been there many, many times. Ren used to take each of these items off of the spoon until he realized they taste like dirt so now I've found a way to get all of these macro and micro nutrients in him and he actually enjoys it (insert jazz fingers). Our little guy has a smoothie every morning before breakfast that is packed full of healthy nutrients to help him grow. I usually give it to him before breakfast because he's always super hungry from his 12ish hour sleep fast. I typically add bananas, frozen fruit and sweeten it with a little honey or a date so that it's actually tasteful and then add a little bit of peanut butter or almond butter for extra flavor and thickness. Toddlers don't need much. I just do about a 1/4-1/2 of a teaspoon of each sometimes more if he's sick and sometimes less if he's getting a lot of his nutrients from fresh foods. I just wanted to share what we put in his smoothie and why I believe it's key nutrients for his ever growing little body. After all, the best gift we can give our kids is health, well... and love. A whole lot of love. 


Pure Hawaiian Spirulina

"Spirulina often gets misclassified as an herb because of its amazing health promoting properties, but it's actually a bacteria, or a blue-green algae that's found in pristine freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. It is most commonly recognized as one of the world's most nutritionally complete superfoods, as it offers health benefits to practically every organ and bodily function." -NutrexHawaii 

"Spirulina is rich in chlorophyll, and this makes it an incredibly effective blood cleansing agent. In fact, this microalgae contains more than ten times the amount of chlorophyll per volume than what's found in traditional garden-variety vegetables. The chlorophyll in spirulina helps build red blood cells in the body, while also offering the body a more easily absorbable form of magnesium. This combination of chlorophyll and magnesium helps to remove toxins from the bloodstream while oxygenating the blood." -NutrexHawaii


Vitamineral Green 

"Vitamineral Green is a superior, nutritionally dense, therapeutic green superfood powder which nutritionally supports blood sugar, detoxification, the immune system, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, pancreas, muscles, brain, regularity, circulation, and longevity. Every ingredient, including how it is grown and processed, is therapeutic. It is an extremely potent and comprehensive array of nature’s most nutritive and cleansing superfoods, grown and processed to maximize their benefits. It contains a full spectrum of naturally occurring, absorbable and non-toxic vitamins, minerals, all the essential amino acids (protein), antioxidants, chlorophyll, soluble and insoluble fibers, tens of thousands of phytonutrients, and a plethora of other synergistic, organically-bound nutrients. It contains no synthetic or isolated nutrients (not excreted as expensive yellow urine or stored as toxic deposits). Vitamineral Green™ is Actual Food™." -Dr. Jameth Sheridan, Naturopathic Doctor


Udos Oil

"Some of the greatest health concerns facing the Western diet today are the prevalence of omega-3 deficiency (99% of the population), the overabundance of industrial vegetable oils (mostly omega-6) in our food supply, and the toxic damage from processing and food preparation to which both these sensitive polyunsaturated oils are commonly subjected." -Udos Choice


Cod Liver Oil

Dozens of studies have linked cod liver oil with the following benefits:

  • lowering high cholesterol and high triglycerides
  • preventing and treating diabetes
  • lowering high blood pressure
  • preventing heart disease
  • reducing risk for osteoarthritis
  • treating depression
  • lowering risk for autoimmune diseases
  • fighting eye disorders like glaucoma and protecting eye sight
  • treating ear infections, allergies and asthma
  • preventing and treating kidney disease
  • helping to heal skin wounds
  • maintaining bone health and preventing fractures or osteoporosis

Klaire ProBiotics

"The standard Western diet is deficient in the essential probiotics needed to maintain health. Highly processed, canned, and frozen foods lack the healthful microorganisms the body requires for a normally balanced microflora. As a consequence, most people in North America and Western Europe lack important probiotic bacteria normally found in healthy people consuming a diet based on plants, fibers, fresh fruits, and vegetables. In addition, the normal intestinal balance of microorganisms can be disrupted by stress, disease, poor nutrition, toxins, and medications, such as antibiotics, immunosuppressants, and gastric acid inhibitors, resulting in intestinal and systemic health disturbances. Probiotic nutritional supplementation can support the body in restoring and maintaining a healthy, balanced gastrointestinal microflora." -Klair Labs

 
 

Disclaimer:
The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.

Jamie