Is Your Baby Getting Enough of THESE Two Nutrients?

June 10, 2014 by Roxanne | 5 Comments | Filed in Nutrition, Parenting & Children, Pregnancy & Natural Child Birth

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Pediatricians recommend a vitamin D3 supplement for breast fed babies. Although breast milk is the best food for infants it is lacking in one thing – vitamin D3. The body is able to produce vitamin D from sunlight (this article explains how much you might need). However, in today’s society we may not be getting the right amount of sun exposure to create enough vitamin D – especially in Winter months – so it is a good idea to supplement vitamin D3.

The Importance of Vitamin D

There are a number reasons why the body needs Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for immune function in children and adults. Some studies suggest that vitamin D may protect against some types of cancers. It is also helpful in building strong bones and helps with the absorption of calcium in the gut. This article also reported there is powerful new evidence supporting the claim that sufficient vitamin D levels in pregnant women can reduce the risk of having a premature delivery.

Omega 3′s for Development

Another important nutrient for babies is omega-3 fats. Omega 3′s benefit eye and cognitive development in babies. Omega-3 fat and its derivative DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are so essential to a child’s development that if a mother and infant are deficient in it, the child’s nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders. Sufficient levels of Omega 3′s in pregnant women also ensures that the baby will be full term.

Food Sources

The best food source for Omega 3′s and also for Vitamin D is fatty fish and seafood. Unfortunately, since most fish is contaminated with mercury, PCBs, heavy metals and radioactive poisons it is not safe to eat the quantity that we need to get the Omega 3′s our bodies require. This is the reason why a high quality omega 3 and vitamin D supplement is a smart idea.

My choice for an Omega 3 and Vitamin D supplement for babies is Baby’s DHA from Nordic Naturals. Made exclusively from Gold Standard Arctic Cod Liver Oil™, Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA is a safe and effective way to ensure that growing babies get the DHA they need for healthy development. Like all Nordic Naturals fish oils, Baby’s DHA is third-party tested and surpasses strict international standards for purity and freshness.

Baby’s DHA comes in a convenient liquid format with a dropper. It is very easy to measure and administer the oil to the baby. It can be given directly in the mouth or mixed with food. I have done it both ways. Surprisingly my son took it straight with no problem – even though it does have a little fishy taste.

You can purchase Baby’s DHA on the Nordic Naturals website or here on Amazon.

Nordic Naturals was generous enough to offer the chance for one of my readers to try this product for free! Enter to win a bottle of Baby’s DHA now:

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What supplements do you give your baby for Vitamin D and Omega 3?

 

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


THIS Will Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

May 22, 2014 by Roxanne | 1 Comment | Filed in Organic Gardening, Parenting & Children

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As a Health Coach and someone who is always reading about nutrition, I know (maybe too much) about how important it is for children to eat vegetables. When my first child was young, she would eat anything I put in front of her. As she grew into a toddler, she became pickier and pickier – which is normal. Knowing that children aren’t usually excited about vegetables I did my best to make recipes that were enticing to a toddler. Some recipes worked and some did not, salad was particularly uninteresting to her. Then something happened by accident that changed that.

My daughter eats her vegetables now and has been for a while but it was a long slow road to get her there. Salad was never something on the menu for her, she has never eaten it willingly. Recently, she came home from school with some peas that she had planted in a small bowl. The teacher said (in front of her) to snip off the pea shoots and eat them in a salad. So we watched the pea shoots grow and they got nice and tall. One evening I was cooking dinner and had her set the table. Her pea plant was on the table and she said, “Oh Mommy, my pea shoots are tall! I am going to make a salad for us to have for dinner.” Mind you, she is 4 years old. So I enthusiastically encouraged her to do so. She took her children’s scissors and cut off each shoot, rinsed them in water, put them on a plate and set it on the table. As you can imagine, she ate them and made sure everyone else ate some too!

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I share this story because it’s a great example of how the simple act of growing a plant can have an impact on a child. We grow vegetables in our yard and involve our children in gardening but this story shows that you don’t need a huge growing operation to make a difference. This was a simple small potted plant and it changed something in her.

Here are some ways to get your children involved in planting and gardening…

  • Have your child grow just one plant in a small pot (as I talked about in my story). Peas grow very easily and quickly so it’s a great one for children.
  • If you have a garden of your own, have your children help you rake, weed, plant, and water.
  • Make a small garden area for your child in the yard they she can play with and create her own garden space
  • Get your child their own set of small garden tools (we got some at the dollar store)
  • Have your child decorate their garden/your garden/their planting pot
  • Let your child choose some things they would like to plant
  • Put together and small indoor herb garden and have your child be “in charge” of taking care of it. When you are cooking, they can cut the herbs for you to put into the meal

My group program, The Family Spring Cleanse, starts next week on May 28th! In this program I will be sharing more tips like this one to get your children interested in healthy eating. There is also over 50 kid-tested recipes, a program guide, a goal setting kit, and an online community for peer support. Click here to join us now!!

Do your children like to garden or plant in pots? Have you seen this spark an interest in eating what they grow? Please share in the comments below.

 

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


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My Top 5 Favorite Healthy Spots on Cape Cod & Local Giveaways!

May 12, 2014 by Roxanne | 15 Comments | Filed in Giveaways, Holistic Lifestyle

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You may or may not know that I live on Cape Cod.  I really still consider myself a New Yorker but I do love it here. When we first moved here it took me a while to find all the places where I could get healthy food. Even in the last couple of years there have been a lot more places with healthy food popping up. Since Cape Cod is a popular place to visit I thought I would share some of my favorite places to get healthy food – even some healthy treats (since we all want treats when we are on vacation).

White Lion Baking Company

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When I first moved to Cape Cod a few years ago there were very little gluten-free options. I heard rumors of a gluten-free bakery opening up through talking to people around town. Last year, I was excited to see a mention of it in the newspaper and hear that it would be included in the farmer’s market. When I finally met Liz Miles at the Farmer’s Market on Main st. in Falmouth, I realized that White Lion Baking Company was so much more then just a gluten-free bakery. All of the products are paleo which in my opinion is much better then just gluten-free because they are grain-free. She also uses top quality ingredients and natural sweeteners – which are all things I do with my own baked goods at home. Everything at White Lion is delicious, healthy, and high quality. It is a privilege to have a place to get something locally where I don’t have to compromise my own quality standards for a sweet treat. Visit Liz at White Lion Baking Company located at 439 Nathan Ellis Highway in Mashpee. Enter our giveaway below for the chance to win some grain-free granola and a paleo muffin mix.

Coonamessett Farm

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Coonamessett Farm is one of my favorite places to go in the summer. I found this farm because I was looking for a place to get fresh produce that was not sprayed from a local source. Coonammessett provides that, and so much more. They have two options, you can join their CSA or you can become a farm member and pick  your own. We chose the pick your own option last year and really loved it. My daughter had so much fun picking all the vegetables and fruits – and so did I and my husband. It is a great way to show children where food comes from, how it grows, and when it grows in the growing season. Last year we went crazy over the blueberries and I am sure we will again this year. Visit Coonamesset Farm at 277 Hatchville Rd, East Falmouth. Visit their website here for more information about what you can pick now and membership options

Earthly Delights

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Earthly Delights was the first healthy restaurant my husband brought me to on Cape Cod. I love this place becuase the food is delicious, everything is made healthy, ingredients are organic and high quality, and the owners Tom & Mary are awesome. It’s always a pleasure to stop in there to get some nice healthy food from two really cool people. If you are around Osterville and looking for a healthy lunch this is the place to go. Visit Tom & Mary at Earthly Delights at 15 West Bay Rd in Osterville.  See the menu online here.

Chequessett Chocolate

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I spent a few summers in Truro and my pet peev was the lack of healthy food options. That has changed now with this new chocolate shop and cafe. Although chocolate might not seem like a health food, it can be if it’s made right. I met Katie, one of the co-owners, years ago and I am thrilled to see what she has built. The chocolate is made on site with lots of care and attention and doesn’t contain any unhealthy ingredients. It’s really delicious, dark and smooth – just how I like it. In the cafe they also have green juices, smoothies, and raw vegan treats. Next time I am in Truro I will definitely pick up some juices and smoothies for our beach day. Visit Chequessett Chocolate at 8 Highland Road in North Truro. Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win some of their delicious chocolates.

Amber Waves

Amber Waves is a great little health food store in Falmouth. As most “real foodies” do I make the rounds to different stores to get all of the things we need. There are a number of items I need regularly that I can’t get at the standard grocery store so my go to place is Amber Waves. They even have a small bulk food section with nuts, grains, seeds, beans, spices etc. Within the community of “healthy” people in town, Amber Waves is well known. It’s funny though, sometimes I’ll mention it to someone who isn’t a health nut and they will say, “there is a health food store in town??” If you are looking for some healthy staples like coconut oil or raw nuts, or even some organic ketchup and relish for a Cape Cod barbecue, Amber Waves is the place to go in Falmouth. Visit Amber Waves at 310 Dillingham Ave in Falmouth. 

 

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Visit my Cape Cod blogging colleagues and read about their Top 5 Favorite things on Cape Cod

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some local products!

  If you do not live on Cape Cod or are not visiting anytime soon, please still feel free to enter the giveaway becuase the prizes can be shipped if you are not able to do local pick up.     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


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