Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
Avid readers of my blog will know that I am *slightly* paranoid about my toddlers getting proper nutrition. Remember my recent post about their breakfast #fail? Just one of the 124 things that keep me up at night – wondering what I can do to ensure they’re eating well – and eating right.
Lately, in addition to derailing all breakfast efforts, Reid has reached “picky eater status” for lunch and dinner too – following in the footsteps of his meal-hatin’ older brother. Now, meal refusal I can deal with (that’s what multi vitamins are for, right?) and food selectivity I can work around (4 slices of salami for dinner? Cool, that’s a lot of protein)… but this cyclical, maddening, “I love this food today but will hate it tomorrow”, “My toast tastes yucky because it’s cut the wrong shape”, “I want chocolate milk, oh wait now I want water, why does he get juice?”… I just cannot deal with.
Thank goodness I’m not alone: according to a new survey, moms are just as worried about their toddlers’ eating habits, with a whopping 41 per cent saying they are concerned about whether their toddler is getting the correct nutrients every day. And this concern isn’t surprising, given that one in three moms admit they struggle to get their toddlers to eat enough nutritious foods on a daily basis.
(I admit to just deciding on homemade chicken fingers and popcorn for the boys’ lunch today. Don’t judge.)
Looking for some insight into toddler nutrition? I love these secrets to success from the Kitchens of Real Life Canadian Moms:
Raise your hand if you totally disagree that only 30% of moms have served their kids French fries. There are a lot of closet DTMs (drive thru moms) in this survey! But I suppose the results do underscore one common theme: in an attempt to get our kids to eat a more balanced diet, we sometimes compromise and dole out the less healthier (and in the case of fries, more delicious) option.
Good news: Gerber wants to help. They’ve recently introduced a NEW Gerber Graduates Toddler Drink –
“A great complement to a healthy diet, Gerber Graduates Toddler Drink comes in powdered format, and is easy-to-mix without any clumping. One daily serving can give your toddler a wholesome boost, so you can feel good about their nutrition every day!”
28 nutrients – including 25 vitamins and minerals to help support normal growth and development
Calcium and Vitamin D – for strong bones and teeth
Iron – to help build red blood cells
Probiotic B. lactis – the only toddler drink with Probiotic B. lactis to contribute to your toddler’s healthy digestive tract flora
Delicious, kid-approved taste – with a yummy vanilla flavour they will love
I admit to trying a toddler drink or two with Ryder, but he never really took to the taste or texture. To tell the truth, it kind of broke my heart that he wasn’t willing to give it a chance, preferring plain white or chocolate milk instead. A couple of years later, while chatting with another playground mom, she shared a tip: placing a scoop in their regular milk, sort of as a “booster”. Quite certain I’ll employ this technique with Reid, who is in the 1-3 year suggested age range for the Graduates Toddler Drink!
Speaking of Gerber Graduates, it’s no secret that my boys go through Lil’ Crunchies like they’re going out of style. Seriously. We’re up to about 348 tins to date… and counting. Made with 100% whole grain corn and low in fat and sodium, I admit to lending a hand in polishing off a tin (or twelve… but not at the same time, of course).
One lucky reader will win a Gerber Graduates “Go-Go-Go” Nutrition Prize Pack, valued at $150! The package provides a selection of options that can help fill nutritional gaps or give your toddler a wholesome boost. It contains Gerber Graduates Toddler Drink, a selection of Gerber Graduates Puffs, Yogurt Melts, Fruit & Veggie Melts, Cereal Twists, Crunchies and assorted coupons for Gerber Graduates products.
To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck every one!