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Vitamins for My Picky Eater (clue: You can do it by yourself)

With the current pandemic our world is facing, I am desperate to protect my family from the virus whatever it takes. Unfortunately for us, there are a lot of people in the Philippines who can’t just abide by the rules, so I can’t be complacent.

Not only the healthcare system is poor; it is so expensive too. Did I mention the virus is fatal? Yeah, we all know that.

So in my desperate attempt to disinfect everything and to keep the virus away from my family, I came prepared. I bought almost all types of disinfecting essentials — surface cleaner, antibacterial handwash soap, cleaning spray, sanitizers, bleaches, and alcohol. I also made sure everyone in the family took vitamins.

But my problem is, the little boy in the house just won’t take his vitamins.

I bought so many brands of vitamins. I also tried syrup, gummies, and chewable. But my son just won’t budge. I am defeated again.

But even though he doesn’t take vitamin supplements, he never gets sick. I can’t remember the last time he got a fever. 2 years ago maybe? Cough? A few months ago? But that only lasted for a few days. I can barely recall.

The thing is that, even though he wasn’t taking vitamin supplements, he has enough nutrients to protect him from getting sick.

Why are vitamin supplements necessary for picky eaters?

According to my research, if your kid is eating a variety of foods from each food group(go, grow, and glow), your kid should be okay.

But if he’s’s missing certain food groups, then he might need some boost. This is why vitamins are important for picky eaters.

Vitamins can serve as insurance when our kids are missing out on essential nutrients.

My son can survive just eating eggs and apples the entire day. But thankfully now, he eats more protein, more fruits, and some veggies.

So what do I give Dreu to make sure he has enough vitamins?

Moringa. Moringa powder or what we call here “malunggay” powder. (I wasn’t so sure about the spelling, so I have to look into it.)

Moringa Oleifera is a northern Indian herb that can also grow in some tropical regions, including Asia and Africa. We have a lot of them here in the Philippines.

More commonly found at your neighbor’s yard. You can ask your neighbor for a few stalks.

So I use the Moringa powder version. I put it in almost everything I can sprinkle it on. Not just for Dreu but for us, too.

You can use it in various ways and put it in a variety of foods and drinks, such as:

  • Salads, pasta, porridge
  • Mix it with bread, muffins, or cookies
  • Stir it into soups
  • Mix it in your daily dose of green shakes
  • Sprinkle it on top of your rice meal

And a whole lot more.

I used to make a paste out of it and drop it on to my son’s mouth (when he was still at the age who doesn’t really complain about everything) when he catches a cold.

Trust me; the taste won’t change. In fact, I think it made food more delicious.

And that’s my secret.

I put it into any of my son’s food, and he gets his daily dose of multivitamins without taking any vitamin supplements by syrup, gummies, or tablets.

Plus, this is the safest, healthiest (herbal) way I can provide more nutrients to my toddler.

Long gone are the days where you have to force your child to take their vitamin supplements.

Now, you can integrate it into whatever food they eat, and they get fully packed nutrients.

What are the benefits of Moringa?

The leaves have seven times as much vitamin C as oranges and 15 times as much in potassium than bananas. Moringa has a lot of essential minerals and vitamins. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, and amino acids that help your body heal and muscle build.

It’s also filled with antioxidants — compounds that can defend cells from damage and can strengthen the immune system. There is some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood.

How to make Moringa Powder?

There already are a lot of stores that sell Moringa powder or capsules, so you don’t have to make it manually. You can even purchase one from Lazada or Shopee. This is where I got mine as I don’t have any options to get fresh Malunggay leaves.

However, if the shipping fee is more expensive than the product itself, or you have tons of Malunggay in your backyard, you might want to make it from scratch. It’s’s very easy.

What will you need?

  • Malunggay leaves
  • A blender
  • Paper towel
  • A place to dry the leaves without direct sunlight

Steps:

  1. Wash the Malunggay leaves thoroughly.
  2. Spread them on paper towels and pat them dry.
  3. Hang it dry for around three days. But do not place it under direct sunlight as it might diminish its nutritional value.
  4. Once dry, turn them into powder using a blender. (Use the pulse option).
  5. Store it in an airtight container.

And that’s it; you have yourself some moringa powder to mix into your kids’ food.

No more worrying they’re not getting enough vitamins and minerals from the food they eat.

But always remember that good eating habits, which include low-fat dairy foods, plenty of fresh fruits and a variety of vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains is still the key to a healthy and smart kid.

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My Name is Sza — content creator, digital designer and a mom of a feisty toddler.

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