Only 10 days until the Fearless Feeding launch and we are upping the giveaways.
In the book, we highlight 5 Fearless Nutrients for each age and stage (infancy, toddlerhood, school-age and teen). These are nutrients that kids are most likely to fall short on — two that get the most air time are calcium and vitamin D. In fact, according to a 2012 study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, even with supplement use more than a third of children of all ages fail to meet calcium and vitamin D recommendations.
These two nutrients work together to help build strong bones. Calcium is needed to be deposited into bone but vitamin D holds the key that allows calcium to enter. So when vitamin D is low, calcium isn’t utilized efficiently. Additionally, inadequate vitamin D has been linked to a variety of diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, heart disease and certain cancers (not causal but related).
Knowing your child’s calcium and vitamin D needs at each stage is important. One to three year olds need 700mg of calcium, four to year olds need 1,000mg and nine to eighteen year olds need 1300mg! In the first year of life the RDA for vitamin D is 400IU and this jumps to 600IU for the rest of childhood.
Dairy foods like yogurt can help children meet their needs. They provide the most bang for the buck in terms of calcium, and many products are supplemented with vitamin D.
The product we are highlighting today is a new line from Chobani Greek Yogurt that makes it easy and fun for kids to enjoy yogurt: Champions Tubes. These yogurt sticks give kids authentic strained Greek low-fat yogurt without having to bring along the spoon. They are made with real fruit and natural ingredients. And they taste really good.
These tubes can be frozen (the way we like them) and are great to include in the lunch box or as a snack. I’ve been including them for Big A’s snack a few times a week along with a side of fruit. I like that these yogurt tubes have twice the protein as other on-the-go yogurt products.
The Champion Tubes come in the following flavors: Swirlin’ Strawberry Banana, Rockin’ Blueberrry, Jammin’ Strawberry and Chillin’ Cherry. Each tube also has 6% DV of calcium (60mg) and 15% DV of vitamin D (60IU).
The Chobani Champions 3.5 ounces yogurts also make a great choice for kids. My kids usually don’t eat a whole 6-ounce container so the size is perfect. They come in Very Berry, Orange Vanilla, Banana Honey and Vanilla Chocolate Chunk and contain 10% DV of calcium (100mg) and 20% DV of vitamin D (80IU).
The question of sugar always comes up. The total sugars in these products comes from a combination of the natural sources in milk and fruit along with evaporated cane juice used to sweeten the fruit, vanilla and chocolate chunk items. They have plain as an option (not in the tube but other Chobani products). In our house, Big A eats flavored yogurt while Little D prefers plain. These tubes also make a nice alternative to frozen treats.
These are wonderful products. They skip the artificial ingredients and colors while providing probiotics that are beneficial for a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Greek yogurt is naturally higher in protein due to how it’s made. See this link for more on Chobani’s yogurt-making process.
In honor of the Fearless Feeding launch, Chobani has generously offered for two lucky winners to get 3 months’ worth of free yogurt! For any frequent yogurt buyer that that’s quite a savings. Jill is holding the same giveaway so head over there for another chance to win.
And don’t forget the other giveaway which ends at midnight tonight for HeatlhyEating.org. (once the launch happens I will move to less frequent giveaways).
Here’s what you need to do to enter:
1) Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment saying why you want to win 3 months of free yogurt from Chobani.
2) For a second entry: Join our Fearless Feeding Community (LIKE) on Facebook and leave a comment here saying you did. If you already like us, you can sign up for our free newsletter.
3) For a third entry: Like Chobani Champions on Facebook.
4) For a fourth entry “Like” or tweet this page. Again, leave another comment.
One winner will be chosen using random.org. The winner will be announced on Raise Healthy Eater’s Facebook Page. This giveaway ends next Friday, April 19th, at midnight.
You must be 18 to enter. Products shipped within the US only.