Sunday, 19 March 2017

What my kids eat in a #D3licious and healthy day

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen me mention recently that our house was hit with a bout of sickness - any parent knows that having one poorly child can be really difficult, but when all 3 little ones are unwell at once it really does become a very intense juggling act!

I spent the best part of a week trying to split myself into 3 - trying to help soothe my 2 year old Noah who was beside himself with ear pain, running backwards and forwards with a sick bucket for my 3 year old and trying to battle to get medicine into my 12 month old who seems to be able to take on the strength of five men when confronted with the sight of a medical syringe!

It was around 5 hours in to this experience that I swore I was going to look into how to take better care of our immune systems, knowing that I just didn't have it in me to battle against another round of full-family illness! And since Tyne started nursery last September, it's fair to say that our immune systems have been working overtime to keep those nursery bugs at bay.

Since then I've been reading up on ways to use food to boost our immune systems and I've been trying to put some key changes into place. Of course, my kids are no different to anybody else’s and they don't always want to eat the healthy options – in fact lately both Tyne & Noah have developed obsessions with ham and they ask for it every single meal time. Even at breakfast! 

So in an effort to encourage them to try new things and tempt them away from old familiar favourites, I've tried to mix up their meals a bit more - introducing a new recipe once or twice every week but trying to keep it as fun and child friendly as possible.

We've been increasing our fruit & veg intake by having more homemade smoothies in the afternoon, and I've recently found a fantastic range of veggies aimed at kids in Lidl. The range includes things like Cauliflower Clouds, Romanescosaurus Rex (these have been a big hit in our house!), and Sweet Potato Piggies - and they have been a HUGE help in encouraging the kids to eat more healthy options.

Eggs are one thing that I have been struggling to get Noah to eat recently, as he seems to have taken a dislike to the texture but I know that eggs are a good source of Vitamin D which is crucial for our immune systems and so lately I've been trying to re-introduce them in different forms such as omelette shapes - confronted with a standard shaped omelette Noah is not interested at all, but the second you cut that omelette into dinosaur shapes? He is all over it!

I found out whilst looking into healthier eating that The Department Of Health recommends Vitamin D supplements from birth onwards, especially for children up to 5 years old. Since learning this, I have been using Colief Vitamin D3 drops in addition to trying to boost our intake through food.

The drops have been really ideal for our family as they are suitable for all of us - Jon & myself too! So there's no need to buy different supplements for everybody, just one bottle can be used for us all. The drops can be taken as they are or added to food and drinks, making them super easy to administer to fussy medicine-reluctant children like mine - I have been adding them to our healthy smoothies or yogurts everyday, in an effort to keep those immune systems as strong as possible.

This week I've filmed a little video showing What My Kids Eat In A Day and how I’ve been trying to encourage a healthier diet and incorporate our Colief Vitamin D3 drops into our daily routine. 

Take a look at the video below:

I’ve partnered with Colief to offer one lucky reader a special #D3licious hamper filled with goodies to help your little ones stay as healthy as possible. For a chance to win your own bottle of Vitamin D3 Drops, Nutribullet baby and a selection of nibbles, all you have to do is:

- Share a picture on Instagram of your kids’ favourite healthy snacks using the hashtags #ColiefUK and #VitaminD3licious

- Like @ColiefUK on Instagram  

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  1. I loved watching your vlog and getting more fruit and veg into my daughter is something that we are trying to do. We aim to try at least one new veg/fruit a week. I will be trying her on a pea omelette...she loves peas. #SundayBest

  2. Hi, as an adult it can hard enough to get our 5 a day in. I love the idea of the Lidl veg aimed at children a clever marketing idea. One way I get us to eat more veg is in omelettes quick easy and delicious, Chloe #SunadyBest

  3. Joseph isn't a fan of eggs either so the omelette is a great idea. I'm sure he'd try it if it was Mickey shaped!

  4. We love eggs in this house, especially scrambled eggs! I only discovered Romanesco recently, and we love it (although I had to explain to the toddler it's not the same as some of the succulent plants any my friends house! 🙄) I'm terrible with taking Vitamins, the toddler has a multivit, and as I'm breastfeeding my 1yr old I still take the breastfeeding supplements when I remember! I do like the sound of these drops though. I'll have to see if they can be taken alongside toddlers current vitamins! #SundayBest

  5. Delish! Just about to watch your vlog :) It's great that the supplement can be taken by adults as well! #sundaybest

  6. that lay out looks fab! i do agree that making the food appear fun is half of the key to getting kids to eat something healthy. Luckily Ben seems to really like fruit (definitely didnt get that from me) #sundaybest

  7. I remember reading about how we all should take vit D supplements and it really got me thinking, not that I have done anything with it yet but it came as a bit of a shock really. I'm very lucky that my little boy will eat a wide variety of fruit and asks for it all the time, he is not a veggie eater though (although he will eat broccoli) and this is something we are working on at the moment but he just picks around them. #SundayBest

  8. Love the pensive look on your little guy as he took his first bite :) My toddler has a hatred for all things vegetable. Its a real challenge. He does drink green juice at least! Thanks for sharing #SundayBest

  9. I took Zach for his 12 month review and the HVs recommended vitamin D for all the kids #SundayBest

  10. That is very healthy! I love the spiky vegetable! so much fun for your boys #SundayBest

  11. Ethan has vitamins, but I'm going to look in to this to see if he can/should have these also. I love how creative you've been with their food! xx

  12. I need to get some drops for Finn as he is getting more fussy with food and he is still intolerant to eggs which is where I think the bigger boys get a lot of their vitamin D from. I will check these out.

  13. Jude is brilliant and eats everything but Noah is a nightmare! I need to check out those veggies at Lidl as they sound great x

  14. Kids are so strange - when mine were younger they were the same - make it pretty or a shape they recognise and they will give it a go. :)

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  15. I thought vitamin D drops were only for babies who weren't old enough for milk, since milk already has vitamin D added to it. I used to give them to Peachy when I was breastfeeding but stopped once we switched to cow's milk. I'll have to look into that now. #SundayBest


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