But as a mom, I do worry about my little one getting the nutrition she needs. However, I have found a few ways to get it in, which I call mommy stealth nutrition.
FYI: I am not a spokesperson or paid for any of these, by the way...
A couple of my favorite items to include are:
1) Mila, the Miracle Seed by Lifemax. It is a proprietary chia seed mix chock full of greatness. I mix it into my daughter's smoothies, applesauce, yogurt, puddings, etc. You can also bake with it, for example pump up your pancake or muffin recipes. But I tend to simply mix it in to her favorite item previously mentioned. I find it easy and I know exactly how much she is taking in. One daily dose is about two tablespoons (or scoops - provided) for adults, or one tablespoon or so for kids.
I personally drink it straight in a large glass of water everyday -- it is tasteless.
One caveat to note: You do need to let it absorb liquid for a few minutes before drinking or eating.
It is full of protein, omegas, and much more, and is also gluten-, sugar-, and trans fat-free, and is not genetically modified.
Too many benefits to list. You can get the low down on their website: Mila.
I get it from my Raw Food friend and coach here. If you have additional questions about it, Mikaele would be an excellent source.
2) Another one is Orgain. Orgain is a doctor-developed, organic, high protein, ready-to-drink nutritional shake. My household can't be without this. My daughter thinks this is chocolate milk, but I know better. It is calorie dense, low in sugar, and provides a balanced blend of organic whey protein, brown rice, omegas, fiber, green tea and pomegranate extracts, plus 24 vitamins and minerals.
And IMHO, the Chocolate drink is preferable (honestly, I did not care for the vanilla one at all). Oh, and you need to drink it chilled for improved flavor.
Since the closest place to buy it is Whole Foods, I order a couple of cases at a time through Amazon -- and usually get free shipping.
Again, we can't be without it. I pack it in her lunch for school and know she is good to go. It is also a great pre or post workout drink, or as a mid-afternoon snack to hold you over until dinner.
3) Soup... Thankfully, like me, my DD does like soup. I make a weekly batch, and just pack it with whatever is in season. It usually turns out different each week, but I can get a lot of veggies in it that she otherwise wouldn't touch. Sometimes they are chunky, other times I blend them in my blendtech blender. Whatever it takes to get it in her, right?
What are you favorite ways to get your kids nutrition?