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Review: Higher Nature Vitamins

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 04-11-2013

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There’s no escaping the fact that Autumn is well and truly upon us, and Winter is waiting just around the corner. With the change of the clocks came a definite change in the weather, with much cooler winds and the need for the heating to go on. With the children all heading back to nursery, preschool and school after the half term no doubt it wont be long before they are heading home with coughs and sneezes and never ending colds. We’re always told that prevention is better than cure, and a healthy lifestyle and diet can only help ward off this Winters bugs.

We try and get as much fresh fruit and vegetables into Little Man as we can. He’s a bit of a fruit eating monster – apples, pears, oranges, grapes, strawberries, blueberries… – he eats them all. Vegetables are a little trickier, unless I hide them really well in his food, but I’m sure that’s the same with most children. I have used vitamin supplements with him before – shaped like his favourite animated pig – and he would eat them willingly. To him, he was getting a sweet, and to us he was getting something that was good for him. We were contacted a while ago by the team at Higher Nature who wondered if we’d be interested in testing out their range of children’s vitamins. Suitable from age 3 upwards they come in an impressively large range of formats, and we’ve had some success with them.

Kids Fruit & Shake: Powdered fruit and vegetables doesn’t sound overly appealing me, but they were a surprise hit with Little Man. Daddy asked him what he wanted for dessert one evening after dinner and he announced that he wanted ice cream. “Would you like special dinosaur ice cream?” Daddy asked. (That pig has a lot to answer for I can tell you…) Much excitement from Little Man, and mild confusion from me. I wasn’t aware of any dinosaur shaped/flavoured/formed ice cream in the house, but I left him to it. He came back with a bowl of vanilla ice cream with Fruit & Shake sprinkled on top. Little Man was convinced enough to empty the dish, with a few dinosaur roars thrown in for good measure. The powder tastes fruity and contains – amongst other things – apples, blueberries, broccoli and sprouts. It can be sprinkled on pretty much anything – yogurt, cereal, desserts, cakes and biscuits – and apparently makes really good dinosaur ice cream. Who knew?

Kids Relax & Unwind: Ah relaxing and unwinding children – that would be nice wouldn’t it? Well if the end of the day is a bit of a battle for you then this might be the answer. A warm fruity drink that’s ideal for bedtime it contains theanine – a natural amino acid – which aims calm and relaxation, as well as calcium and magnesium for strong healthy bone growth and development. Perfect for our growing little ones. We’ve long since dropped milk before bedtime mainly due to a lack of interest for it from Little Man, so I’m wondering whether one of these once in a while would be a good idea. Little Man doesn’t drink anything warm so it may take a bit of getting used to, but if it helps him sleep – something which to be fair he’s brilliant at – and also helps his bones and growth then it sounds good to me.

Kids Smart Focus: Our children are learning every day. Whether its walking, talking or the alphabet, something new is learnt every single day. We know the benefits of fish oils for brain function, but getting Little Man to eat fish in any form other than finger is a mission. Oily fish just isn’t something he likes, and to be honest neither do his parents. Oily fish supplements therefore are a great idea, as long as they don’t taste of fish. These Smart Focus supplements are just the thing as they have a great fruity flavour, and being jellies, Little Man thinks he’s getting a treat. He happily eats these, usually with his morning bowl of fruit or sometimes we even use them as a reward for being good. A win/win situation all round.

Kids Vitamin D3 Spray: Vitamin D deficiency in children is well publicised. In fact in recent years cases of rickets have been occurringas our children get less and less sun exposure. Children preferring play indoors all day, or parents being over cautious with sun cream is stopping our children getting the vitamin D they need for growth and development. When news broke of the deficiency I looked at Little Man’s diet and sun exposure and realised that he was probably not getting enough himself, which is why I started him on the pig shaped supplements in the first place. Higher Nature have come up with this neat spray which you spray directly into your mouth once a day. It has a fresh mint flavour to it and each tube contains around 240 doses. Now I must admit that Little Man was not entirely keen on having this sprayed into his mouth – lots of overly dramatic coughing like he’d been poisoned – but I think with time he could get used to it. Daddy and I use it sometimes too and we try and do it in front of Little Man to show him that its fun, but he’s yet to be convinced.

I was really impressed with the Higher Nature range, and surprised as to how many different forms vitamin supplements came in. The Kids Fruit & Shake is without doubt the most popular with Little Man, but as the colder weather strikes I think we’ll be able to convince him into drinking the Kids Relax & Unwind before bed.

You can find the full range of Higher Nature products for all the family on their website.

Multivitamins For Children

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Sponsored Posts | Posted on 15-01-2013

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From the moment they are born we aim to do the best for our children, and from that first moment nutrition is top of most parents lists. Once you’ve moved on from milk, solid food becomes a massive part of their lives. It seems like Little Man is ALWAYS eating, but as his Mum I want to make sure what he’s eating is good for him. Yes he gets treats, he’s rather partial to Lindt Chocolate Bears – he has extravagant taste – and cake, and he has discovered the magic of McDonalds Happy Meals, but I like to make sure the bulk of his meals and snacks are nutritious. Unfortunately children don’t always eat what they are given, and getting those vital nutrients into them becomes a battle.

The Department of Health recommends that children aged between 6 months and 5 years take supplemental vitamins A, C and D. Multivitamins are not an alternative to a healthy diet, but they can certainly help to ensure your child is getting the right nutrients. Seven Seas has a range of multivitamins specifically designed for children. Their Haliborange range starts with a liquid multivitamin for babies and toddlers which is orange flavoured and sugar free. It helps maintain healthy immune defences, mental performance, skin, energy release, blood formation, bones and teeth. From age 3 they have two flavours of Fruit Softies, which to children look and taste delicious whilst providing them with the essentials they need for growth and development.

We are pretty lucky with Little Man. He loves eating pasta, prefers brown toast to white, and would live on fruit if we let him. I’m confident that his good foods far outnumber his bad, but I think Seven Seas Haliborange range is something which I’ll consider. Like all parents I want my Little Man to grow up healthy, and the right vitamins and nutrients will ensure he does.

You can find the full Seven Seas Haliborange range on their website. You can also find them on Facebook.

Beat The Flu This Winter!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 21-11-2012

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Well the weather has certainly taken a dramatic downward turn hasn’t it? Its been chilly for a while but its now decidedly wetter and more miserable out there today. I don’t think a day has gone by in recent weeks when someone or other on Twitter has commented that they or their other halves have been struck down with a cold, and its not really surprising with the weather like it is. Here are a few suggestions to help prevent, or help beat, any colds or flu that might strike your family this winter.

Prevention is better than cure, so eating healthily is a great way to boost your immune system and battle the bugs before they attack. Vitamin supplements are also a great way to give your body that extra fight so think about taking Vitamin C & Zinc. This supplement, with a balanced diet, helps boost your immune system but can also help reduce tiredness and fatigue – something I’m sure we’d all benefit from! You can also take Vitamin E which protects your bodies cells, and is especially beneficial to older people. If you’re particularly concerned about catching Flu this winter – maybe due to age or other medical issues – you may wish to consider a flu jab, which you can now get at your local Asda for just £7.

If you are unfortunate enough to get a cold or flu this winter there are some great affordable medicines out there which you can take. Most branded cold and flu relief is pretty pricey, especially if you need to take it for more than a few days. Cold & Flu Relief Capsules from Asda come in packs of 16 and cost just 65p – less than a quarter of the price of a leading branded packet containing the same number and the same ingredients. There is also a range of hot fruit drinks and decongestants available too.

 

So next time you are in your local Asda or perhaps doing your online food shop take a look at these great value items which could just save you a winter of coughing and sneezing!