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raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Very sneaky!

Heather over at Living, Learning, Laughing & Loving With Autism commented on my last post about how she's tried to sneak supplements into her son's diet, but he's way too smart for her and refuses them too often. So, I want to share with you some of my secrets...

In the morning, I pour her a cup of juice and spike it with a capsule of creatine and a teaspoon of liquid E (vitamin E); both are flavorless. Plus, first thing in the morning she's thirsty and might drink just about anything (except the Natural Calm magnesium drink that I'd love to get in her). 

I make her pancakes for breakfast. And by "make", I mean microwave. They're the Trader Joe's GFCF pancakes and she loves them so even though I've added the Gluten back into her diet, she can still eat the GFCF variety. I put two drops of Vitamin D on a piece of pancake and always make sure that piece gets eaten. I pour maple syrup all over those pancakes, by the way. YUM!

As soon as she comes in the door from school, she wants to spend a few minutes on the computer. I make her pee on the potty and eat her "applesauce medicine" first. It's a 1/4 tsp of TherBiotic Complete probiotics (100k billion) and one capsule of saccharomyces boulardii covered in applesauce. I do this again before dinner, but I leave out the sacc b. Then either with her lunch or as an afternoon snack, she gets strawberry yogurt. I mix in a teaspoon of Nordic Naturals Children's DHA (fish oil), which is strawberry flavored!! I also open up a softgel of CoQ10 and squeeze the oily stuff right into the yogurt.

That's it. That's all the supplements I'm giving to her right now:
Vitamin E
Vitamin D
Fish Oil
2 types of Probiotics

Am I forgetting anything?? Probably.


The Homesteading Apartment said...

I don't have a little one yet, but when my niece and nephews come over it's so funny how I get them to eat things that are good for them.

A smoothie was the first thing they loved (spinach, lots of frozen berries, a bit of honey and plain yogurt) and then when it was dinner time spaghetti squash in place of the noodles (we're gluten free over here) and they LOVED it! Plus I can get them to eat anything if they've made it themselves (: Loved your ideas!!!

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm always looking for tips like this :) All the supplements we were using were in pill form so I'd have to crush them and add them to his juice but no matter how fine I crushed them it changed the consistency- I tried being sneaky and using cups w/covers and straws (he LOVES straws) but it just always seemed like he knew and plus if he did by chance finish it all the crushed up pill would be residue on the bottom.

He wont' eat anything with soupy consistency- applesauce, yogurt, pudding, and he JUST started to enjoy ice cream this year.

I just ordered a few of our supplementsin a liquid form which I think will help- I love your pancake idea though! Thanks again :) :)

Christie said...

Stopping by from SITS.
I am lucky enough to only have to worry about my daughter's Flinstone chewables. You are one sneaky momma! if only they could make more kid friendly versions of everything!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy SITS Saturday!

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

You are a sneaky and clever mom! It's not easy getting our kids to take what they need. Do you have a sneaky trick for getting them to do homework without realizing they are doing it?:)
Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest!

Lizzie said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest.
Grand sneaky ideas. :)

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