5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children

5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children

Is my little guy getting enough iron? My daughter doesn’t like milk or cheese.  Should I be worried about calcium? I forget to give my child their Vitamin D half the time!  Is that a problem?  One of the biggest reasons parents reach out to me is because they are worried (maybe even freaking out) about their child’s eating. And ultimately, their nutrition. It can be difficult to get the whole spectrum of nutrients, especially if we have picky eaters!   So I tend to focus on common nutrient deficiencies in children instead of obsessing about a longer list. Why do we care? Vitamins and minerals are needed for optimal growth and play many functions in a growing body; from bone development to boosting the immune system. Some of these nutrients work together synergistically for maximum absorption. So when one is depleted it can affect the function of others. Making sure our littles ones are getting what they need is crucial…and also concerning for parents! But I know there’s always something to worry about.  And worrying is exhausting.  So I only want parents to focus on the nutrients that REALLY MATTER.  Starting with the 5 most common nutrient deficiencies in children along with dietary sources to help bridge the nutrient gaps.   5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children Iron Iron is needed for many functions in the body and is a component of hemoglobin (which helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body where it is used and stored). It’s important in muscle function as it is found in the myoglobin, a muscle protein, and...
3 energy-boosting smoothies you need to try!

3 energy-boosting smoothies you need to try!

It’s Wednesday morning and I woke up 5 minutes late… One child got up on the wrong side of the bed My other is moving like molasses… Once I get the kids fed and out the door, I have ‘time’ to slow down and make a balanced breakfast for myself (ha!)… I start to wonder if I should just grab something on the go (but I know making food choices when hungry is dangerous)… Or should I just skip breakfast altogether (another bad idea!)… This is a routine that becomes all too familiar as a parent.  But there is a happy ending to this short story! It can be difficult to create a meal or snack that will provide you with long-lasting energy to get you through your day - or at least get you through the morning rush.  We make sure the kiddos are well-fed and dressed, and we become an afterthought.  While it’s easy to grab the first thing you see in the cupboard and eat it (read: inhale it), our choice of food is likely one that won’t provide proper fuel to sustain us. Not like these 8 energy-boosting foods! While we get ambitious and really want to make that new snack ball recipe, free time is limited (read: nonexistent). That’s why I created these 3 beautiful energy-boosting smoothies.   They are: …super simple …balanced …will help to keep you going (even when the going gets tough) These energy-boosting smoothies only contain 6 ingredients each (woot!), take 5 minutes to create, and serve 2 people so you can share them with your little or big ones. They...