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Share the ways you get vitamins & minerals into your children with Noluma - £300 voucher to be won

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EllieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 15-May-19 10:27:06

We all know that vitamins and minerals are vital to the human body and help us grow, see properly, help make bones, muscles and organs stay healthy. However the difficult part is ensuring that you and your children have all the right vitamins and minerals in your system...especially with vitamin D, as we live in a fairly sun-deprived country sad. Therefore Noluma would love to know all the ways you ensure your children are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need.

Here’s what Noluma, the authority in light protection of packaging, has to say: “Scientific research shows that packaged goods can be negatively impacted when exposed to indoor lights such as retail lighting or LED lights in the kitchen. This causes the quality, freshness, flavour and more importantly, nutritional qualities to deteriorate. So if you think you are giving your children a glass of milk and getting those valuable nutrients into them this way, you might want to think again! Unless the milk bottle or carton comes in light protected packaging, chances are the product has degraded before it reaches the ‘use by’ date. This is especially true of see-through glass bottles. Here at Noluma, we are the only authority in light protection technology that certifies packaging using our patented state-of-the-art assessment process. We are uniquely able to measure all types of packaging for its ability to protect against damage due to both natural and artificial light, and to stop content change due to light exposure. Visit lightdamageisreal.co.uk to find out more”

Do you sneak vitamins filled fruit and veg into their meals? If so do you have any recipes or techniques you could share? Or maybe you don’t need to and your children are very good at eating lots of fruit and vegetables? Perhaps you like to make sure they’re outdoors as much as possible so they’re getting lots of great sunlight? Or maybe you know of some child-friendly vitamin supplements that help your children get all the nutrients they need?

Whatever your tips and tricks are for getting vitamins and minerals into your children, share them on the thread below and everyone who does will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

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Asuwere Wed 15-May-19 12:13:26

I try to give them a balanced diet, and they love being outside. I don't like 'hiding' anything in their food - I want them to be aware of the need for variety in their food so that they can make smart choices as they grow up.

NerrSnerr Wed 15-May-19 13:11:56

I always leave a bowl of fruit and vegetables on the table chopped and ready for my children to snack on. We get out every day as well.

NeverTwerkNaked Wed 15-May-19 13:37:19

I always leave the fruit bowl accessible to the children. And bring fruit snacks for after school. We also always have a range of fruit and veg with meals too. But my son doesn't eat lots of fruit and veg due to allergies so I do make sure he has a multi vitamin every day as well. He likes the chewable ones that are likes a soft sweet

BristolMum96 Wed 15-May-19 13:37:50

Same really, try to give balanced diet and go outside daily. Gave wellbaby vitamins for a while after coming off formula milk but stopped now the bottle has ran out

PurpleGoose Wed 15-May-19 14:27:01

Every meal is served with at least one veg and one fruit, usually more; a varied diet, lots of outside time and a multivitamin as we have several allergies.

It's worked so far 😀

JC4PMPLZ Wed 15-May-19 14:27:43

fresh vegetables, fruit, quite openly there, outside play - and, when they have colds, sometimes fizzy Vit C tablets.

GoodPlaceJanet Wed 15-May-19 16:08:06

Although my children are thankfully good at eating a balanced diet, everyone in the family takes a tailored multi vitamin.

I've had troubles with anaemia and other deficiencies in the past so this is something I like to keep on top of.

OrdinarySnowflake Wed 15-May-19 16:27:47

Balanced diets - all meals with fresh veg, ideally 2, fruit readily available, good quality meat. We get outside daily.

Do people really store milk in light rather than in the dark fridge? And who buys milk that's right on it's best before date? (never lasts to then anyway in our house)

Making sure everyone gets a good balanced diet does mean they aren't relying on one food source - like a glass of milk - for their body's needs.

leasedaudi Wed 15-May-19 17:05:44

I home cook all family meals from scratch. I don't even use premade sauces; I make anything I need from garlic, vegetables and spices. Once my baby is off formula I'll introduce a vitamin for him.

onemorecakeplease Wed 15-May-19 17:23:16

Chewy multi vitamins in the winter
Lots of fruit and veg every day
Outside whatever the weather!
I try to cook everything from fresh and include as much good quality meat and veg as I can.

Packed lunches every day with meat/fish, fruit, veg sticks etc.

StreetDreams Wed 15-May-19 18:31:38

We're really nutrient aware as I suffer with a lot of deficiencies for various reasons. So we eat a certain amount of meat and I make sure we have fish a couple of times a week, including oily fish, plenty of fruit and veg and salad, and proto-foods like nuts and seeds.

But my go-to food for nutrients is eggs. They're so good for you! Protein, iron, Vitamin D and B12, everyone likes them and there are so many fab ways to eat them - poached, soft boiled, fried, scrambled, omelettes, egg mayo, hard boiled in a salad, whisked into a flan filling... and don't forget cake (as if...)

I'm not posting on behalf of the egg marketing board, honest!

TheStakeIsNotThePower Wed 15-May-19 18:46:18

I give them food and they eat it really.

We cook a lot, lots of pulses, sausages and lentils being a big fave. We've been pretty lucky but we've also always had a no stress approach, thinking about what they've eaten over the week rather than day and cooking one meal for all the family and eating together (well, rarely all together but whichever parent is at home that evening eats with them) and they all eat well and get plenty of variety in their fruit and veg.

ButterflyOfFreedom Wed 15-May-19 18:57:22

The best way to get vitamins & minerals is through a healthy balanced diet which my DC have. Lots of fruit & veg (at least 5 a day), wholegrain, dairy, lean white meat, fish, nuts etc.
I also give them a vitamin D supplement (either via spray or chewy tablet) thiugh we do get out & about a lot for the fresh air, exercise & sun.

sarat1 Wed 15-May-19 19:02:13

As well as ensuring a varied diet, I give my 18 month old some Vitamin drops. He likes the taste so no battle and I found a brand that didn't use sugar so that was a bonus!

Anj123 Wed 15-May-19 19:51:15

We have always had fruit and vegetables regularly in our diet so our daughter is used to it. And we have smoothies which she loves.

Withington Wed 15-May-19 19:55:57

We whizz up "sauces" with 7 or 8 lots of veg in - a red sauce with tomatoes, aubergines etc and a green one with sprouts, kale etc. Put in blender so they are super smooth. We then freeze in batches and use them on pasta, spread over toast etc and even as dipping sauces. Do the same for fruit and make them into ice lollies. Also trying to serve fruit and veg before a meal rather than as part of it so that we dont have to have meal times spent trying to make them eat all the most healthy bits!

torthecatlady Wed 15-May-19 20:25:20

We follow a balanced diet but also take vitamins everyday.

MrsFrTedCrilly Wed 15-May-19 20:31:05

I’m lucky that my DC have healthy appetites and aren’t too fussy so vitamins and minerals come from a varied diet. They have a Vit D supplement in the winter and plenty of outdoor time in the summer.
My only tip is to add lentils to bolognase or mince dishes to increase fibre and cut down on meat intake. I use tinned green lentils as the texture is better IMO

StreetDreams Wed 15-May-19 20:42:25

I've got to say, I only learned to cook properly when I had children. Up til then, I could do it for a special occasion, or cobble together easy meals composed of 2 or 3 packaged components, but it really focuses your mind when you wean your first child and have to choose between pobby stuff in jars that looks like cat food, and fresh fruit and veg you've cooked and pureed yourself. Every time I added something into my first child's diet, I had to learn to cook it - so the whole family ended up improving and greatly expanding our diet.

jittabug Wed 15-May-19 21:16:46

Balanced diet, fruit and/or veg at every meal and fruit or veg for majority of snacks. We also use Abidec multivitamin drops, but admittedly this isn't regular - more when they are feeling run down to give them a boost.

WeAreTheWeirdosMister Wed 15-May-19 21:23:41

If we are watching a film I will make bowls with popcorn, orange segments and blueberries. A few more vitamins than plain popcorn and delicious.

bakingqueen Wed 15-May-19 21:34:31

Balanced diet is the key I feel- also I buy them chewable fruit vitamins - they call them sweeties today I know that way they are getting vitamins like vitamin d they wouldn’t get any other way

mytittifersungtheirsong Wed 15-May-19 22:16:08

A bowl of fresh berries everyday, blueberry, raspberry and strawberries. I sneak grated carrot into bologneise sauce plus usually have raw carrots and cucumber as part of a meal.

I give DD a daily multivitamin and a probiotic which I swear by.

OrdinaryGirl Wed 15-May-19 22:34:05

Multivitamin every day and have told nursery in writing to let them out in the sun for 10 mins with skin exposed, and no SPF or hat before applying their sun cream.

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