Hidden Nutrition

Put your hand up in the air if you have a child who could survive off of bread and butter. Who consumes carbs like it’s candy. This explains my girls to a T. They will eat fruits, veggies we are working on but I’m always looking for ways to get more veggies in to their system.

My children see a chiropractor on a regular basis for regular adjustments to ensure optimal health so I’ve been looking for ways to support their gut health. Our Gut health and our brain health go hand in hand. There’s some really beneficial foods that can help create a strong resilient gut. Some of these things are “funny” and most kids are likely to eagerly look forward to consuming these. Ferments and active bacteria are a good way to build a positive gut flora. If I offered sauerkraut to my 5 year old there is 0 chance of her eating it. The same goes along with her eating a wide array of colours in terms of vegetables. So how do I make this happen?

Smoothies.

My girls go crazy for smoothies. I will throw in some frozen cauliflower, some grated carrots and some spinach with her favourites like strawberries and bananas.  She’s come so accustom to this kind of smoothie that when she makes her own now she always reaches for the spinach. These vegetables can easily be added to her smoothie and not effect the taste of it while still getting a good balance of fruits and veggies in to one meal. I’ll often give her one with her breakfast and send some with her to school so she is getting to chances each day to eat a lot of fruits and veggies.

But that’s not all. Fruits and veggies are a great smoothie mixture but there are some add ins you can add that really amp up your smoothie. One thing that we use is cottage cheese for protein, flax seeds for fibre, chia seeds for calcium. Once everything is blended up and portioned out for each girl I add in a teaspoon of culture coconut. Cultured coconut has a lot of live bacteria and several different strains. The measurement on the jar is per tablespoon however I start smaller to ease their tummies in to it. A bonus is that this product is made right here in Nova Scotia.

There’s lots of superfood smoothie recipes on line if you do a quick google search. It’s also fun to come up with your own to make it unique to your family’s preferences.

 

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