Vitamins for Kids

Vitamins for Kids

Children require an abundance of vitamins and minerals for their growth and development, most of which can be found in a variety of foods including fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, lean meats and more. Although an adequate diet can provide children with the vitamins and minerals they need, this can at times be easier said than done especially when your children are fussy eaters, have food intolerances or allergies, have vegetarian or vegan diets or chronic medical conditions. This is where vitamins for kids can help.

Important nutrients for children include Iron, Vitamin D, Iodine, Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Zinc among others. If your GP or health professional has indicated a need for supplemental nutrition or your children need a bit of extra help strengthening their immune system from a cold caught at school or day care, we have two supplements from one of our favourite brands, Herbs of Gold, which could help out!

Multivitamins:

Multivitamins can be beneficial in supporting the general health and wellbeing of your children. One of our favourites is the Herbs of Gold Children’s Multi Care. *Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. These delicious chewable tablets are naturally sweet, so you don’t have to worry about your little fussy eaters not enjoying these!

Here’s what you’ll find inside Herbs of Gold Children’s Multi Care:

  • Vitamin B: These multivitamins contain B vitamins which can support energy production and nervous system health.
  • Vitamin D: The plant-based vitamin D3 can assist in maintaining and developing healthy bones, as well as for calcium absorption.
  • Vitamin C: These can be extremely beneficial in supporting immune system function ight illness.
  • Iodine: These tablets contain 75 micrograms of iodine which can assist in supporting cognitive functioning, brain health and thyroid gland health.

Immunity:

We know how frustrating it can be when your child comes home with another cold after being at day care or school. Herbs of Gold’s Children Immune Care tablets are not only strawberry-vanilla flavoured, free from artificial flavourings, sweeteners, preservatives and colourings, but they are also formulated to help your child’s immune system fight those nasty colds! *Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

Herbs of Gold’s Children Immune Care tablets contain all this good stuff:

  • Echinacea: These tablets contain Echinacea which can relieve symptoms of common colds and flu and can decrease mild upper respiratory tract congestion.
  • Zinc, Vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids & antioxidants

You can trust that your children’s growing bodies and immune systems are being supported with Herbs of Gold children’s vitamin range. See our friendly Pharmacists or Naturopaths in store at your local WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods for further guidance on which vitamins may be best for your children.

# Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. This medicine may not be right for you, read the label before purchase. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. *Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

Follow us over on Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood to stay up to date on the latest in the world of vitamins and make sure you check out our A-Z of Vitamins and Vitamins for Women and Men guides to learn more about supplements children, women and men alike can benefit from.

Three Healthy School Lunchbox Snack Ideas

Three Healthy School Lunchbox Snack Ideas

School is back in session (finally!) and that means lunch boxes are empty and waiting to be packed. Has your busy silly season left you stumped at what quick, easy, and healthy lunchbox snacks to pack for school? Stop stressing and let us do the thinking for you!

Here are three lunchbox snack combos that tick all the boxes: healthy, delicious and available to quickly pick up at your local WholeLife Healthfoods. Most importantly – your kids will love them! Healthy lunchbox snacking has never been so easy.

 

LUNCBOX SNACK IDEA #1

Proper Crisps – Garden Medley

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan & 100% Natural

gimMe Organic – EVOO Premium Roasted Seaweed

Gluten Free, Organic & Vegan

Blue Dinosaur – Blueberry Bar

Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan

Healthy Lunchbox Snack 1 | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

 

LUNCHBOX SNACK IDEA #2

Orgran – Kids Chocolate Cookies 

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free & Vegan

Absolute Fruitz – Mango Slices

Vegan & 100% Natural

The Carob Kitchen – Carob Bear

Gluten Free

Healthy Lunchbox Snack 2 | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

 

LUNCHBOX SNACK IDEA #3

Keto Naturals – Vanilla Cookies

Gluten Free, Keto, Paleo & Vegan

Blue Dinosaur – Banana Bread Bar

Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan

Proper Crisps – Garden Medley

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan & 100% Natural

Healthy Lunchbox Snack 3 | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

 

And remember to pop all your healthy lunchbox snacks in a reusable and sustainable lunchbox – we’ve used Ever Eco’s Snack Bento Box. Happy back to school snacking!

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Back to School Essentials

Back to School Essentials

With the new school year fast approaching, it’s time to get organised! At WholeLife, we take pride in taking care of not only your health but also your children’s health. That’s why we have come up with a list of our favourite back-to-school essentials to ensure your child’s health and wellbeing is at its best – right in time for their first day back!

HERBS OF GOLD CHILDRENS VITAMINS*

Children’s Immune Care

Children’s Immune Care contains a blend of herbs, vitamins and minerals to support immune system health in children. This delicious strawberry-vanilla flavoured chewable tablet features Echinacea to support children’s immune systems to fight common ailments.

Children’s Magnesium Care

Magnesium is an important mineral for both adults and children alike. Children’s Magnesium Care contains a blend of two organic forms of magnesium to support healthy muscles and nervous systems in children.

Children’s Calm Care

Children’s Calm Care, formulated with Chamomile, magnesium and the milk protein Lactium®, is available in a delicious blackcurrant flavoured chewable tablet. Chamomile has a long history of traditional use in Western herbal medicine to reduce excess nervous energy and relieve irritability in children.

*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

HEALTHY SNACKS

Healthy snacks are essential in enhancing your child’s health and wellbeing. By substituting unhealthy snacks with nutritious and yummy wholesome snacks, this can support lifelong healthier eating habits and prevent the potential risks of obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions. At WholeLife, we have an abundance of healthy snack alternatives that will be perfect in your children’s lunchbox.

SUSTAINABLE LUNCH BOX

Another simple and easy way to become eco-friendly with back-to-school essentials are sustainable lunch boxes. These lunchboxes are the perfect solution to storing all of your children’s favourite snacks whilst also helping out the environment.

REUSEABLE WATER BOTTLE

Scratch plastic – it’s time to invest in a reusable water bottle! Reusable water bottles are not only a back to school essential that can encourage your children to stay well hydrated throughout the day, but they also help out the environment as well. By switching from plastic to reusable water bottles, you are shrinking the burden that plastic has on landfills and oceans – how great is that!

SUNSCREEN

Every child needs protection from the sun and as lunch playtime is slowly creeping around the corner, a back to school essential is of course sunscreen! UV damage is accumulated during childhood and adolescence, and prolonged sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. It’s important to be preventative now, so applying sunscreen on your children before school is essential!

BEESWAX WRAPS

Plastic cling wrap is out, and beeswax wraps are in! There is an abundance of benefits to switching from plastic to beeswax. These wraps are long lasting, reducing the amount of waste used and money spent repurchasing plastic cling wrap that isn’t biodegradable. Beeswax wraps are a fun and sustainable way to brighten up your children’s lunchbox without having to do a thing!

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Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments

Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments

Festive essential oil scented Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday activity for little and big elves alike. These cute decorations are so easy for kids to get involved in and let their creative minds run wild! Handmade with love, these also make a great gift idea. Tie them on presents or personalise them for your friends and family to hang on their Christmas tree.

Ingredients:

. 2 cups plain flour

. 1 cup of salt

. 1 cup of water

. 5 drops Clove Bud essential oil

. 5 drops Orange essential oil

. 5 drops Ginger essential oil

. 5 drops Cinnamon essential oil

. Christmas theme Cookie Cutters

. Twine or Ribbon

 

Let’s Begin:

1.Combine the flour, salt and essential oils in a large mixing bowl.

2.Slowly begin adding the water until you have a workable piece of dough, you don’t want the dough to become sticky.

3.Roll out the dough to be around 2cm thick and cut out your shapes with your cookie cutters. Use a skewer or straw to create a small hole at the top for your twine.

4.Get creative! You may like to press foliage into your dough for a delicate design, or etch out patterns, we even pressed in some cloves.

5.Place the ornaments on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 120 °C for about 3 hours or until dry.

6.Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely before attaching the twine or ribbon!

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Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

We’ve teamed up with our long-time friend and gluten free goddess Olivia Jackson from Yum Gluten Free to chat about all things mum-life since giving birth to her now 4-month-old baby, Eloise. Olivia chats with us about her newly uncovered mum hacks and her go-to ecofriendly products that she couldn’t live without from her local WholeLife!

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Hi! I’m Olivia, owner of Yum Gluten Free, diagnosed coeliac of over 10 years and a new mum to four-month old baby Eloise. I wear many hats, but at Yum Gluten Free, we share all things in the gluten free wold. My husband and I also started another Instagram called @pandemic_parents to support those going through family life during this unprecedented time. It’s become being such a positive space to share our journey.

How did you find the shift in lifestyle to the role of becoming a mum?

It’s really and truly been the best experience of my life! Eloise has brought me more joy and fulfilment than I ever could have imagined. Some days are tough and others beyond exhausting… but she is just our greatest gift. My husband and I made a commitment to speak positivity over her while I was pregnant and it’s been so sweet witnessing our dreams become our reality.

What’s your ultimate mum hack that you have discovered?

Be sure you’re doing full feeds! In the early days, she was feeding on demand which helped my milk supply. But once my milk came in and we got the hang of things, I started lengthening our feeds. Then I found that full feeds meant long sleeps… and that’s the best thing any mama could ask for.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt about motherhood?

That I’m more capable than I ever could have believed I was. I had so many insecurities about how I would be as a mum whilst pregnant and I’ve surprised myself with how capable I’ve been since having Eloise. I’m also learning to ask for help when I need it… That was a tough lesson to learn but very important!

What is your favourite thing about being a mum?

There are so many things… but my favourites must be the smiles, watching her grow and develop and getting to know her little personality.

Any advice for the new mamas out there?

I’ve got three things.

1. Mum-instinct is absolutely a thing so trust your gut.

2. Join your local mother’s group through your community child health centre. Having the support of those with babies around the same age also helped me feel more confident and capable in my abilities as a parent.

3. Find a perinatal psychologist and have a fortnightly call. Even the weeks I didn’t think I needed it… I did!

What is important to you when looking to buy and use baby products?

Even before Eloise was born, I have always looked for products with clean ingredients. To me, this means ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are. Knowing just how sensitive babies are, this is my number one rule of thumb when buying products for Eloise.

Finally, which baby products have you discovered and would recommend from WholeLife?

All of the products are ones I would recommend to any new parent. I am especially loving the Ecoriginal nappies, Weleda Nursing Tea, Natural Rubber Soother Teether and the Wotnot Naturals Nappy Rash Creams. I love that I can purchase all of these products in one place!

We hope that you loved hearing from Olivia as much as we did! You can shop all of your favourite eco baby products at your local WholeLife, and check out our latest catalogue here.

Stay up to date with Olivia through her website, social media platforms, private Facebook Group, the Yum Gluten Free Village, and digital magazines.

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

This hands-on D.I.Y is for little and big bunnies alike, and sure to keep the little ones entertained whilst you’re self-isolating at home this long weekend.

 

Things you’ll need:

. Head bands

. Scissors

. Foliage

. Paint & paint brush

. String

. Hot glue gun

. Ribbon

Step one is see if you can find any leaves in your backyard that resemble bunny ears, if not get some fresh air by going for a walk (be sure to keep your social distance if you are leaving your house) and forage for some foliage to use, frangipani leaves work well for the ears and feel free to unleash your creativity for the decorations!

Once you’ve collected your foliage it’s time to get your hands messy, set up some paint in an egg carton and let the kids paint their bunny ears.

Once painted, allow your bunny ears to dry in the sunshine. While you’re waiting, pick and choose the foliage to compliment your ears and use scissors to trim where necessary.

We have used some cute cotton ribbon to cover the headband.

Using the string and hot glue gun, secure the foliage to your headband and you’ll have your eco bunny ears ready to hop into Easter!

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