Even though summertime can be crazy and we’re often traveling, I was fairly decent at keeping up on the supplements I like to give our kids, mostly just the liquid probiotic they take daily. My daughter was trying something for her chronic cradle cap, and since it was anti-fungal, etc., I figured it didn’t mesh well with probiotics in the same sitting, so she got it at lunch.
When school started, I felt like my hands were tied – in the hustle and bustle of dinner, I almost never think about supplements, and suddenly my kids were far far away from me at lunch! What’s a real food mama to do when you want to get supplements into the kiddos at two different times of day?
Sneak them in the lunch box, that’s what.
If you’re a smoothie maker, no doubt you’ve already figured out that "smoothie" is the modern day word for "Trojan horse" when it comes to getting good stuff into your family: kale, spinach, sweet potato, coconut water, maybe some hemp or chia seeds, and often kelp powder (which you can find in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs) will make appearances in our smoothies:
I really like putting our powdered probiotic, which is less expensive, into the smoothies, along with Miessence DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood, which I’ve been terrible at incorporating into our diets other than in smoothies (which means it’s not disappearing at a helpful rate, hmmmm).
Freeze it and Send It!
Once all that good stuff is in a smoothie, it’s really not that hard to think about sending supplements to school – and most of the time your kids will think you’re sending a treat!
My kids love their Squooshi pouches (pictured above) and the Kinderville popsicle molds we got from Mighty Nest (pictured below), and I’m telling you – it’s really all about presentation. I sent a smoothie this week that had been frozen in glass 1-cup containers simply because I ran out of the fun packaging. Both came home half eaten. Apparently spoons are way too boring.
I would think that no matter what sort of supplements you want your kids to take at school – and believe me, a midday boost of a probiotic definitely can’t hurt! – you could sneak them in a smoothie, freeze it, and send it. (With the exception perhaps of fermented cod liver oil, which doesn’t hide in anything.)
Don’t worry about killing the probiotics by freezing, by the way. I can vouch that I’ve made yogurt from a starter that had been frozen for months and months, and it still worked – proof in the pudding that the bacteria were still alive after their deep freeze.
You could also mix some supplements into a tasty dip like homemade ranch dressing or the garlic veggie dip (made of yogurt cheese) that’s in Healthy Snacks to Go. (That eBook is 50% off this week with the code HSTGMISSION!)
If you’re in the market for a stronger probiotic (or just feel the need to start taking one), you might want to check out how I kicked candida in the butt (also here) with Miessence’s potent probiotic on the front lines, and also how we (adults) take the powdered one. I feel blessed that I was just able to send some to a friend today who was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, and I hope it’s the first step on her road to healing.
What supplements do you think are important for your kids, and how do you manage remembering to get the one and the other in the same place at the same time?
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Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post to Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs from which I will earn some commission if you make a purchase. The Miessence links go to my own store where I earn a portion, which is how I was able to send some along to my friend and think nothing of it. See my full disclosure statement here.