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June 10, 2019

The Battle for Meal Time: How to Improve Kids’ Nutrition

Getting kids the nutrition they need can be tough. We get it! Many kids are picky eaters. And their favorite foods are rarely spinach and salmon. So you might be wondering, is my kid getting the vitamins they need? Fear not! We’ve got answers to parents’ most commonly asked questions about healthy eating for kids, vitamins and child nutrition. We even have tips to help encourage long-term healthy eating habits in your kids for life.

4 MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILD NUTRITION

1. What are the best vitamins for toddlers?

Toddlers (ages 2-4), and their appetites, grow in spurts. Sometimes they’ll eat more than other times, and that’s okay! The key is to order them an array of healthy foods to choose from when they’re hungry.

Calcium-rich foods are particularly important for kids ages 2 and up. Toddlers need calcium to grow and maintain strong bones. Milk and other dairy products contain calcium, and are often fortified with vitamin D too, which helps their bodies absorb the calcium. Non-dairy milk and calcium-fortified products like orange juice, oatmeal and cereal can also help provide your toddler the calcium they may need. L’il CrittersTM Calcium + D3 gummy supplement also provides more of the calcium and D that kids need. Plus, they’ll love how these gummies taste!

Though it’s not a vitamin, another nutrient that toddlers may need is fiber. Fiber helps support regularity (ahem, going #2) and aids in digestive health. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains, will help up their fiber intake. If your little one doesn’t like fiber, try making them cinnamon toast with whole grain bread, or baking high-fiber foods like carrots and zucchini into breads or muffins. L’il CrittersTM Fiber Gummy Bears supplement also helps provide the extra fiber they may need.

2. What are the best vitamins for big kids?

Like toddlers, elementary age kids need plenty of calcium. They also may need the B vitamin folate, which is necessary for growth and development. Folate-rich foods include lentils, spinach, chickpeas and brussels sprouts. And many enriched breakfast cereals, white rice and pasta in the US are fortified with folic acid, the synthetic version of folate.

We know what you’re thinking. Six-year-olds aren’t exactly known for their love of brussels sprouts. If your child is choosy about their meals, then a children’s gummy multivitamin like L’il CrittersTM Gummy Vites Complete can help provide folate plus more of the vitamins and minerals needed to support kids’ healthy growth and development.*

Multivitamins may seem like an easy way to get your daily nutrition, but they have a caveat: you have to take them regularly to make the most of their benefits. That’s why L’il CrittersTM come in a delicious gummy formula that kids will actually want to take regularly. L’il CrittersTM has a taste kids love, to appeal to even the pickiest of eaters.

3. What are the best vitamins for pre-teens?

Your big(ger) kid — around age 11 or 12 — may have different needs than little kids. While your teens and preteens probably are not full-grown yet, adolescents’ nutritional needs may be closer to adults’ than they were when they were little. Plus, some kids’ lifestyles and diets may mean they need more of certain particular nutrients. For example, if your big kid won’t eat meat, seafood, dark green leafy veggies or dairy, their diet may be lacking omega-3, iron, calcium or vitamin D, just to name a few.

Start by telling your pediatrician about your kid’s diet and ask what nutrients they may need right now. Then, compare the labels. A kids’ supplement or gummy vitamin like L’il CrittersTM may have the vitamins and minerals they need. It’s all about the nutrients and what your own unique kid needs. So if you’re not sure, ask your doc.

4. How can I get my kid into lifelong good nutrition habits?

We know how hard it can be to get kids of all ages to eat well. Here are a few tried-and-true tips to get your kids to eat better.

• Keep washed, pre-sliced fruits and veggies in the fridge. Easy access means they’ll be more likely to snack on these nutritious foods!
• Avoid buying too many high-calorie, low-nutrient foods like chips and cookies. Your child might not ask for them if they’re not in plain view. Out of sight, out of mind!
• Elementary school is when most kids start to have the option to buy their own lunch. Unfortunately, many kids use this newfound freedom to eat sugary and salty snack foods. You can help your child to make healthy food decisions by going over the school’s menu ahead of time and making recommendations. Or, you can pack their lunch with healthy foods.
• Don’t give up! Sometimes kids need multiple exposures to a food to develop a taste for them. Just because your child rejects a new healthy food the first time they try it, doesn’t mean they won’t like it the next time they eat it.

We love sharing our insights about vitamins and health. But that doesn’t mean it should be a substitute for professional medical advice. For that, you should talk to your doctor!

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Published by Colleen Welsch

Colleen Welsch has been writing about women's nutrition, health, fitness, and the clean beauty industry for many years. Born and raised in Ohio, Colleen recently returned to the U.S. after spending a year in Spain. In her spare time, Colleen loves traveling and petting dogs.

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