Hallie Rich founded Rich Vitamins and the alternaVites brand when she discovered that like her, 40% of Americans couldn’t swallow pills! alternaVites Kids soon followed when she found that parents like me were tired of children’s vitamins full of sugar, artificial ingredients, and with incomplete nutritional content. They have a promise, pledge and commitment to make products free of artificial ingredients and common allergens, to think green, act green, and give back through charitable donations. (Rich Vitamins donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale of alternaVites™ quick-melting multi-vitamin & minerals to cancer research and treatment.)
Most kids’ vitamins are chalky and not very tasty. The gummy versions are typically full of sugar, dyes, and are often incomplete, despite a 2-4 gummy “serving size.” Not only that, but “gummy” foods are some of the worst for a child’s teeth, especially since they usually take gummy vitamins when it will be hours before they brush again.
alternaVites Kids is a crystal powder that melts in your child’s mouth and is available in strawberry bubble gum and raspberry cotton candy flavors. It can be poured right on your child’s tongue, mixed into food like yogurt, pudding or smoothies, even sprinkled on fruit. Your child only needs 1 packet per day, and each packet contains 0 grams of sugar and no aspartame, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners (it is sweetened with xylitol and mannitol) and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. It contains no animal products or byproducts, and none of the the common allergens: egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish. It is certified kosher pareve and is endorsed by a Registered Dietitian and Pediatric Dentist!
I received two 30-pack boxes of alternaVites Kids as well as literature and an adorable pen that my 7-year old daughter loves! Each 30-count package retails for $15.95 (get free shipping when you buy 2 or more!) and while it sounds steep, I suggest you check other packages to see how many vitamins your child has to take each day. Before receiving alternaVites Kids, I purchased my children’s vitamins at our local organic store in order to get vitamins without dye and other artificial ingredients and the cost was similar.
As you can see from the nutritional panel, alternaVites Kids are quite complete and contain just 5 calories per packet.
Naturally, I tried these before giving them to my daughter (they are recommended for ages 4+ so I gave them to my 7 year old, but not my almost 3 year old.) The strawberry bubblegum is definitely a kid flavor! When I followed the instructions of putting a bit on my tongue at a time & letting it dissolve, it was great. If I put too much, or put it too far back, it made me cough a little, so follow the instructions! I wish I had known about alternaVites for adults when I was pregnant and not able to even take chewables without gagging!
My daughter loved these. She thought they tasted fantastic & the powder was a novelty, like eating a pixie stick. She couldn’t wait to have another one!
I will absolutely buy these again and feel great about giving them to my child(ren)!
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