I’m thrilled to have a relationship with Vitafusion and L’il Critters. We’ve been working together this year on a number of outreach projects to help educate people on the benefits of vitamins, how I use them myself, and how I recommend to incorporate them. If you’d like to learn more, and perhaps even win some products to try, then read on.
As a dietitian, I encourage people to eat balanced every day, with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, lean proteins from both plants and animals, dairy and whole grain foods. I’m a big fan of quality foods as a foundation for longevity. I’m also a realist and I understand we all have foods that don’t earn an A+ in nutrition and there is a way to keep those foods in your life in a balanced way. Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
Why Take Multivitamins?
It can be difficult meeting vitamin and mineral recommendations every day. There’s food preferences, seasonal eating, work travel and other normal life events that pop up. Daily vitamin supplements can be an “insurance policy” to make sure you’re getting what you need.
Many people, myself included, may have a medical need for supplements. I have had vitamin D deficiency for years, before I corrected it with a vitamin D supplement. I need to take vitamin D to help it stay out of deficiency range. I found out my mom, sis, and brother all have vitamin D deficiency. I’m still taking my prenatal vitamins from when I was pregnant because I’m nursing.
If you fall into one of these areas I mentioned, you might want to take a look at Vitafusion.
Vitafusion makes a whole line of gummy vitamins that can meet the needs of your entire family — kids, adults, and prenatals to name a few. 10 lucky readers will get to take home two bottles of gummy vitamins to try them out for themselves. To find out how to enter keep reading!
What do I love Vitafusion?
Well of course I love that they taste great — who doesn’t love gummies? Even my husband has been taking his vitamins and I’ve never been able to get him to take them before! They’re a great-tasting alternative to large, hard-to-swallow tablets.
Of most importance to me when looking at brands (and even deciding to try the product and work with them) was the quality of the products. They have natural fruit flavors, use only plant-based colors, and they’re made in the USA.
Vitafusion Multivites are specially formulated for adults and offer a balance of nutrients, including 200% of the daily value of vitamin D3 (as much as a 3 oz. piece of salmon!).
Why do we need vitamin D?
Vitamin D is especially important because it’s needed for calcium absorption to help prevent osteoporosis. Almost 2/3 of Americans, don’t get the recommended amount of vitamin D. If you are deficient, supplementation is recommended to help bring up vitamin D levels, as food sources of vitamin D are difficult to reach.
L’il Critters are a great-tasting children’s gummy vitamin that helps support and maintain healthy growth and development. They come in a variety of natural flavors and use only plant-based colors. Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E support immunity and vitamin D helps kids build strong bones.
I asked my “mommy friends” who already use L’il Critters why they give their kids a mulivitamin and they said various versions of this bottom line.
I do my best every day to make sure my kid is provided with a variety of healthy foods. But I’m not with them all the time and their appetite can seem so “off” like some days they aren’t eating much. They love the taste of L’il Critters and I feel better like they are getting what they need. There’s not a fight over food and I can be more flexible as a mom.
With my food and nutrition hat on, I can validate that this line of thinking makes sense. Trying to force your kids to eat a specific type and amount of foods each day is a losing “battle”. The strategy I recommend follows Ellyn Satter’s “Division of Responsibility” which says parents decide what comes into the house and when and where food is served. Kids decide how much they eat and whether they eat. As moms roll with the normal variations in kids eating, while continuing to offer a variety of nutritious foods, a kids multivitamin that is high quality and great tasting, like L’il Critters can give parents peace of mind.
For all you moms (and wannabe moms!) out there Vitafusion offers a Prenatal vitamin. They’re easy on the stomach, which can help with nausea / morning sickness. I had “morning” sickness usually from 12-8 p.m. the first 15 weeks. It’s no picnic. The prenatal gummy may be better tolerated than a pill or tablet that you need to swallow. In addition, there is no iron, which means a reduced chance of being constipated. The prenatals are an excellent source of folic acid and DHA, which are important for proper fetus development.
10 winners chosen on August 1st, so enter today!
To enter to win 2 bottles of Vitafusion Multivites or Prenatals or L’il Critters Gummy Vites just leave a comment below telling me how these vitamins will improve your wellness — it’s that easy! Winners will be chosen at random and notified by me August 1-7th.
Disclosure: I was compensated by Vitafusion for my time to administer this giveaway.