Friday, May 11, 2012

alternaVites - An Alternative to Sugary Vitamins

As a mom, I always want what is best for my kids.  Unfortunately, sometimes getting everything just perfect seems an impossibility and I'm forced to compromise.  Since the age of independence (about 3 in my house), nutrition has been one of those constant sources of frustration.  My girls both went through food jags when they were young where they would only eat one thing.  Whether it was only fruit, yogurt, cheese, or cereal, I knew that they weren't getting the nutrition they needed.  This is when I started periodically giving them vitamin supplements.  The problem I have with many vitamin supplements is that in addition to being loaded with the nutrients my kids need, they are also loaded with sugar they don't.  So, I was thrilled when I was offered an opportunity to try alternaVites.

Here's a little information about alternavites:

What is alternaVites for kids®?
alternaVites for kids is the only full spectrum children’s multivitamin & mineral designed to be sprinkled on the tongue (think pixie stick!). Using a proprietary blend of ingredients, alternaVites for kids contains essential vitamins & minerals specially formulated for children ages 4 & up. 
With alternaVites for kids, both parents and kids will be happy.  Parents can rest assured they’re giving their children a high quality, potent multi loaded with the nutrients they need and without the additives they don’t.  Kids will be thrilled not only with the delicious taste, but because it’s also really cool to take! alternaVites for kids turns taking vitamins from a chore to a treat!
How is the product unique?
Unlike typical children’s vitamins, alternaVites for kids:
Melts in your mouth
One-of-a-kind crystal powder delivery form
Contains 0 grams of sugar
Free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup
Does not contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.
Is carefully formulated with ingredients that do not contain the major food allergens (egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish)
Has no animal products or by products
Certified kosher pareve
Comes in convenient, pre-measured daily dose packets

Key benefits
Available in two awesome flavors: Strawberry Bubblegum & Raspberry Cotton Candy
Tastes great and is cool to take
Extremely versatile as it not only melts in mouth, but can also be mixed into yogurts, puddings, smoothies, and shakes
Support for overall health and well-being
Meets or exceeds the potencies of leading children’s multivitamin brands
Patent pending formula

What I liked:
  • No added sugar
  • You can take it by the packet or mixed in a food
  • The single serve packets are great for travel
What I didn't like:
  • My kids didn't really like the taste.
  • Personally, we found that the tastes combined with other foods and limited the ability to mix.
  • There was more in the packet then we expected which made it hard for my kids to take it all.
What I would change:
  • I might make it unflavored for easier mixing.
  • I might make more flavors to increase the variety.
  • I might make smaller packets that could be taken twice a day instead of just once.
Would you like to win a one month sample to try it for yourself?
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Even if you don't win, you are still a winner in my book.  Alternavites is offering you 20% off if you use the code moms20 at their site - .

Good luck!

*Disclaimer:  I received a sample of alternaVites to facilitate this review.  No other compensation was received.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Information about alternaVites came directly from the sponsor. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Peanut's first attempt at being the catcher . . . apparently we need to work on it a bit.  :)