There was a time when it seemed like my toddler would eat anything. Broccoli? No problem. Sweet potatoes? Bring “˜em on. Bell peppers? Seconds please! But that is the past. Now, my toddler seems to have an aversion to vegetables of any shape, size or color. I’ve done the hide-a-puree thing, but it still felt like I was providing a very limited range of vegetables. Then I was introduced to Kidz SuperFood by Amazing Grass for kids who won’t eat their veggies. Kidz SuperFood is a powder blend of 33 different fruits and vegetables (*see below for complete list) that is combined with decaffeinated cocoa. This isn’t a synthetic creation of minerals and vitamins. It is actual whole foods, dried, ground down and blended together. One 6 gram serving has the antioxidant equivalent of 3 servings of fruits and vegetables with only 1 gram of sugar! If that wasn’t enough, Kidz SuperFood is also certified organic, vegan, non-dairy, gluten free and contains no genetically modified foods. Your kid gets a glass of chocolate milk and you get the peace of mind in knowing you just got three more fruits and veggies in them.
But kids aren’t the only ones who need help getting their 5-7 a day. I also tried out their original Green SuperFood with the antioxidant power of 7 fruit and vegetable servings, Chocolate SuperFood, SuperFood energy bars and their line of exclusive products for Whole Foods Markets ““ Berry Green SuperFood and Amazing Meal (SuperFood plus plant-based protein and probiotics) in Original Blend, Pomegranate Mango Infusion and Chocolate Infusion.
[Keep in mind that each of these products has a different combination of whole foods and additional ingredients so visit www.amazinggrass.com for specific nutritional details. And while a bit more geared for adults, the owners of Amazing Grass have raised their kids on all the formulas and just recommend that you double check with your pediatrician about some of the included herbs. Their website is a wealth of information and provides you with complete ingredients lists and nutritional breakdowns for all of their products.]
So sure they are good for you, but the biggest questions is of course ““ how do they taste? Here’s how I used them and my taste feedback:
Kidz SuperFood in milk ““ My toddler devoured the chocolate milk, but he’s never had regular chocolate milk so didn’t have a comparison. You can also mix it with water and I’ve heard of others sprinkling it on vanilla yogurt or even into brownies. Since my son wasn’t accustomed to getting chocolate milk, I wasn’t totally thrilled about the idea that he would come to expect it ““ even if it was healthy ““ so I was interested in finding out if and how I’d be able to integrate in some of the non-chocolate products into his diet. [Note: A berry version of Kidz SuperFood will be available September 2009.]
Green SuperFood in applesauce ““ Ahh, applesauce. You hide things so well. My kids are applesauce addicts and so I mixed half a scoop of Green SuperFood in with applesauce, some sweet potato puree and cinnamon. Worked great”¦until one night when I poured a bit too much powder in and my toddler started requesting the “non-green applesauce”.
Chocolate SuperFood in coffee ““ I tried adding the Chocolate SuperFood to my morning coffee to create a mocha-type creation. I was definitely aware of a distinct flavor, but by the third morning, it wasn’t as noticeable. Personally, I decided I wasn’t a fan of the SuperFood in a hot food or beverage.
Berry Green SuperFood and Amazing Meal Original and Pomegranate Mango Fusion in fruit smoothie ““ these were the top picks in our house. The kids and I both loved all three of these flavors (my favorite was the Pomegranate Mango Fusion) mixed into a homemade smoothie 2-3 times a week.
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to up your kids’ or your own fruit and veggie intake, visit Amazing Grass and pick up a canister or single-serve packet of your favorite flavor. Even better, save 15% for the next 12 months (a whole year of saving!) when you enter the code “MFS” at checkout.
*Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood phyto-nutritous fruit and vegetable blend: organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, asparagus, lima beans, green peas, kale, kiwi, organic spinach, organic broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, zuichini, apricots, organic carrots, mangos, pineapple, sweet potatoes, tangerines, yellow squash, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cranberries, red cabbage, cherries, tomatoes, beets, plums, purple grapes, blueberries, organic oat fiber, organic soy milk powder (organic soy beants, organic cane juice), organic cocoa, FOS (from chicory root), butch cocoa, natural vanilla, apple pectin fiber, carrageenan, sea salt, silicon dioxide (anti-caking).