Picky eater or not -most kids hate NV to start -that’s why we have SO many pages for how to serve!! In addition to this page you can also visit the:
And here is how one dad came to the rescue!
I have a feeling that the bitter botanicals in NV that most of us as adults can’t taste -they do. Or at least they appear to, which is the only explanation how they can taste a bit of it hidden in a glass of chocolate milk or mixed in chocolate pudding or something. But the good news is if you stay creative with the suggestions on this page and the others, in about a week they start to not mind it and then love it. Really -I know that’s hard to believe but so many have seen and shared this. More talk about NV original now at our group on facebook at which I highly recommend you join as well as you’ll find many parents have trouble at first serving and with support from others and the information on this website it’s figured out how to serve.
So even though most of us again do have to be creative and try various ways to start- it’s SO worth it!!! We are still after 2 and a half years at or about 100% success and most see results in a day to three days once on the right serving size (NV original is typically highly serving size dependent -I have basic general questions and answers here on serving size suggestions and other common questions)
For picky eaters don’t try to serve the full suggestion serving size at once -put the serving amount you want to serve in a baggie and split up during the day in various things so you an see what works and also so you don’t waste any.
How do I serve the NutriiVeda? NutriiVeda (or NV as it’s called in our group) is being used therapeutically and it appears to be serving size dependant based on anecdotal feedback from parents. You can serve it as a drink with a small meal, or you can mix it into food. For older children, teens and adults that need to lose weight NutriiVeda can be used to support weight as well as therapeutic goals. The following are some suggestions as to how to serve the NutriiVeda.
Below is one example of how to make a NV shake demonstrated by Mary, Micheal and special thanks as well to big brother Thomas, who is both cameraman, and director! Micheal has been on original NV 2 scoops a day for a total of 4 months. See Micheal’s Before And After NV Videos Here!
As a drink: NutriiVeda can be mixed with any type of milk, juice, or water. You do not want to add it to any liquid that is boiling however as that may compromise the effectiveness. Some parents add ice and even ice cream and make it into a smoothie. You can also mix the product with any type of fruit or fruit juice and make a smoothie this way as well.
Below is another example of how to serve NV demonstrated by Tanya and Colton who worked as a team! Colton has been on original NV for a total of 3 and 1/2 months but his serving size has been increased from 2 scoops to 3 scoops and in the past week prior to this video up to 4 scoops a day. See Colton’s Before and After NV videos here!
Need Some More Help Being Creative? See Nutriiveda Recipes!
Who’s picky about chocolate NV icing?
NutriiVeda has also been mixed into any food such as yogurt, pudding, apple sauce, ketchup, ranch dressing and even frosting!! Some parents have sprinkled it over pancakes or cereal including oatmeal. You can also take the smoothies and freeze them into popsicles! Just as you do not want to mix the product with any liquid that Is boiling, you do not want to cook with NutriiVeda. You can add to food once cooked once it is luke warm. Based on a new study published in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found cartoon branding affected children’s choice regardless of taste; one parent from our group suggested for picky children, keeping Nutriiveda in a Nestle Quik container.
If the above simple suggestions did not work for your child we have a few other suggestions. The first question to you however is what does your child like to eat or drink? It’s best to start there and try to find ways to incorporate NV into your child’s favorites! NutriiVeda provides all the essential amino acids and nutrients from whole food nutrition, the purest form, in a 100 percent natural, water soluble, GFCF, fat, sodium, caffeine free food that only has two grams of organic sugar per scoop as we share here: Nutritional Information. We should remember that children will gravitate towards foods that are high in sugar, sodium and fat. This is creating an epidemic as you can see in this segment based on a new study by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the health and obesity concern for a growing number of children.
Note: NutriiVeda Original is food, all ingredients are food that will naturally support the metabolic system so the body will normalize. NV original contains no drugs, supplements, caffeine or other stimulants and while it will help those children that need to lose weight, it will also help those children who need to gain weight like Taine.
For more information on Nutriiveda Original you’ll find most of the basics on our getting started page.
So how do we get children to ‘like’ something that is fat and sodium free and very low in sugar?!! Easy -mix a bit at a time of it in to what they like to start!
If you find your child likes the ice pops as many do you can make a smoothie with the chocolate NV and freeze that into a fudgesicle. If you use the vanilla NV you can make a smoothie using some orange juice and freeze that into a dreamsicle. Try making smoothies mixed with lots of ice so it’s super thick!
Again keep in mind as NV a powder you aren’t limited to drinks and pudding. You can take the serving size you wish to serve your child for the day and put it aside in a baggie and sprinkle it bit by bit into food or drink throughout the day-just sprinkle a little in bit by bit. NutriiVeda is being reported to work across the board an dramatically in most cases. View some of the testimonials. Too well to not try to figure out something! Most don’t think of mixing NV powder into for example spaghetti or cheese sauce to serve as either spaghetti and meatballs or mac and cheese but as long as the sauce is luke warm (not boiling) when you mix in NutriiVeda powder you shouldn’t compromise the essential amino acids in the powder. And think about it, who is going to serve their young child food that is piping or boiling hot?! On the same angle there are all type of sandwiches such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (NutriiVeda mixed into the peanut butter and/or jelly) or even sprinkled on top of pizza. In these cases instead of looking to compliment the flavor of NutriiVeda you are looking for flavors that are so strong the child shouldn’t even notice the bit of NutriiVeda mixed or sprinkled in or on. In all cases the NV powder should absorb right away into the heavy grease on pizza or the sauce used in their food.
I too notice that people both parents and children tend to gravitate in general to one flavor, chocolate or vanilla over the other. You may know for example your child prefers chocolate, but you ran out and only have vanilla (or vice versa) you can find a creative way to mix in the other flavor where your child wouldn’t notice. Keep in mind for example vanilla NutriiVeda has the cinnamon in it- so when mixed with Cinnabon or apple pie type foods, and there are a few out there, the child shouldn’t notice. For the chocolate if you wanted to try the frosting idea, you don’t have to mix NutriiVeda into a glob of regular frosting. You can mix water, NutriiVeda and some regular store bought frosting or instead Nesquik or Hershey syrup and spread that as a chocolate “frosting” over chocolate chip pancakes, brownies, or make a peanut butter and chocolate sandwich etc. On the same dessert end it’s been suggested to mix NutriiVeda into whipped cream or cool whip which you can find in regular or chocolate flavor. You can then put the NV/whipped cream on just about anything, cake, pie, fruit, hot chocolate, even their noses!
If all else fails! You can try the syringe or “shovel” method
From our Facebook group Melissa shares her success with the syringe method for her son Joey! Melissa’s son is 3 and diagnosed apraxic & mild autistic (pdd-nos). She wrote the following (shared with permission) after trying for weeks to get the original chocolate NV into her son Joey
How one day changed everything…Thursday February 7, 2013
Melissa: “i tried pudding, hot fudge, chocolate frosting, krispie treats, oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt, almond milk, chocolate almond milk, water, whole milk, milkshakes…and he can sniff it out in anything! i’m going to start the fish oils and wait for the vanilla, and maybe try to add a pinch of the chocolate here and there! i won’t give up! just have to figure out a new plan of attack!!! thanks for all the support ladies! means so much!”
Lisa Geng suggested the syringe method (see below) and Melissa answered “i would wrap his head in cotton candy if it got him to take it! i tried bribing him with m&m’s and that worked only one time. the next day, he refused. maybe i’ll try the syringe thing. he’s pretty good at taking medicine. i’ll try anything!”
Later that Thursday…
Melissa “OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He just got home from school, and I bought donut holes that he always ilkes. So, I mixed a scoop w/ a little water and agave syrup and sucked it up in a syringe. He took 4 syringe-fulls! HE TOOK A WHOLE SCOOP WITHOUT A FUSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish someone was home with me so I could share my excitement!!!!!!!!!!! I hope we’re just as successful tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY! YAY! YAY!!! pardon my excitement!”
After getting congratulations from the group- Melissa wrote “i’m so excited, but i’ll be even more ecstatic if he takes it tomorrow!!!!”
Next day, Friday
Melissa wrote “he took it again today! and didn’t spit any out! a donut hole chaser is all it takes! OMG! i’m so excited! i can’t wait for the words to come! my ears are open all day today!”
Melissa added “We’ve only done 1 scoop per day. I mix the chocolate NV w/ water and a squirt of agave syrup…it takes about 4 full syringes to get the whole serving in, but he’s pretty compliant! I still can’t believe that one simple idea has completely changed our approach to the NV, and has restored my faith that this year will be the year that Joey finds his voice!”
A few days later
“no donut hole needed tonight! i’ll still keep them on hand in case he needs a bribe! It’s hard for me to know what are surges, b/c i don’t know if i’m wanting it so badly that i’m looking too hard for them. but i have noticed a few things.
He has become very aware of his mouth, and he’s making greater eye contact when asking for the things he wants.He is also using his word endings more frequently, like the “s” and “d” on the end of words. it used to take him at least 10 attempts to say “bus” with the “s” , but now if he says “buh” i say no, busssss and he’ll say “buhhhssss” so that’s a big improvement that i can see. i’m hoping for some more so that i can prove to my skeptical husband that this is for real! He’s been on the syringe method for 11 days total, started him at one scoop a day and raised him up to two scoops. Joey’s been two scoops for maybe 6 days?”
11 Days Later (Feb 17, 2013)
“Joey just looked at me, and said (and signed) “I want”! his first spontaneous two word phrase! what a happy Sunday for us!
Feb. 18 2013
This is a photo of Joey serving himself his NV! Tonight was the first time he tried to do it himself. It’s a little tough b/c the syringe sticks a little, but he wanted to hold it today!
Note from Melissa “I tried everything and now my Joey only takes it via syringe. I mix a scoop with water and a little agave syrup (but you can use honey or maple syrup) and make it thin enough to suck up a big syringe (10ml one). it takes about 6 syringe-fulls to get the full scoop in, but Joey takes it no problem. And when I say he sniffed it out in everything…I mean everything! I actually stopped the NV for a few weeks b/c he refused it, flat out. But now he’s been on it for about 1 month, and he’s doing great!”
Syringe Method: How to
“Use the proper implement for liquid medicines. Don’t use a spoon–too much chance for spillage (and, unless you use a measuring spoon, too much chance of giving the wrong amount). My personal preference is a medication syringe (most pharmacies carry them). If you have a preschooler or older who freaks a bit at getting stuff squirted in his mouth and will cooperate, use the medication spoons that have a cylinder for measuring as a handle (also available in pharmacies)–it allows you to pour out a little at a time.
When squirting into a mouth, remember:
- Aim back (but not too far back) and to the side. If you go too close to the front it’s easier to spit out, but if you go straight back the child may gag.
- Don’t squirt all at once. As tempting as it is to get it over with, if you don’t want to be wearing it, wait until they swallow each bit before giving more.
- If you’ve got a squirmer: hold your child so that they are leaning back. Put the arm closest to you behind your back, and hold the other one down with the hand of the arm that’s cradling them. If you’ve got a kicker, you can put their legs between yours.
A chaser may help. Something strongly sweet is often effective–I’ve had good luck with chocolate syrup. Honey is good too–but never use in a baby less than a year old, because of the risk of botulism. With really nasty-tasting ones, I’ve sometimes filled a syringe with chocolate syrup and alternated medicine with chocolate. Eating some crackers can help kill the taste too, or brushing teeth (which is good to do after giving iron or iron-containing vitamins).” ~ Dr. Claire McCarthy
In addition to the syringe, Bonni R. gave permission to share the following which may be helpful as well.
Bonni is a teacher and has worked hard to help her 6 years old son Matty. Matty has a diagnosis of Apraxia, ADHD, and PDD/NOS. 3 years ago Bonni tried giving Matty NV, but Matty refused to take NV and would notice even if there was a pinch hidden in his food. She tried just about all the methods on this page, as well as all the recipes- even mixing NV into frosting! At the time, nothing worked, and then she gave up.
More recently the syringe method above was added to this page and was found to be successful by a number of parents. who also had children that were very picky eaters. Bonni decided to try again. But instead of a syringe, Bonni used what she calls a “shovel” A serving spoon the pharmacy gave her to give Matty his ADHD medication. This is what the shovel looks like
Day 1 May 29, 2013
We just had his OT to the house. I mixed one scoop with agave and water… It took about 8 shovels. He probably consumed a half to 3/4. I am scratched and soaked… He’s in the shower getting it off his stomach but I am happy he took that much. So I will try more tomorrow… I am going to stay with a scoop until he doesn’t beat me.. (Not literally) He probably got down between half and 3/4. But he was thrilled when he earned two toys back that we’re take away
What is my goal? Two scoops a day!!!??? He said nooooo, I said so you want your toys back? He said yes? I said then are you taking your NV in the morning? He said yes. I said good
Day 2 May 30 2013
Dose two in. Looked like I got scratched by a cat but it went down
Day 3 May 31st 2013
I gave it to him a he was in the shower… 7 shovels and I walked back and forth to the sink poured it and went to the shower!!!! I got a scoop and a half in.
My babysitter just told me it was his best speech session ever…. HMMMMMM
His behavioral specialist consultant (BSC) came to me today after he was at Mattys school because he had a client in my class too. He said Matty seemed different today. I said really? Weird?
Day 4 June 1st 2013
What was odd I was eating yogurt and he actually wanted some. He hasn’t eaten yogurt in 5 years. (without going into details -there were previous constipation issues and now Matty is regular and sometimes even more than once a day – Definitely don’t need miralax anymore) I should have been more persistent at 3 with it!!!!
Day 5 June 2nd 2013
I think my son will be the cleanest kid in the world He only takes the NV in the shower He has been doing 2ish… Today I did 3. Today at the pool Matty jumped in with his floaters Into three feet about five times then into 5 feet.. He can swim but is so timid…I couldn’t believe it.
Day 6 June 3rd 2013
He was a monster when I dropped him off at day care this am. his before care!!! I can’t believe it. I hope it is going to pass… Any advice??? i just got an email from the teacher that he is having a rough day and is very tired….
He seems OK tonight. He was starving (probably from all the poops) He ate a hamburger and two hot dogs (no bread) and an apple at my brothers house
Day 7 June 4th 2013
My babysitter said 2nd best session eve with Friday being the best… I am waiting for SLP to email me. She said he did great!!! “valid attempts and great concentration during task time. He imitated t,n,d,m,n,b, and p accurately on all attempts. Vowel sounds were more challenging for him but certainly gave it a good try. No negative behaviors!” She is convinced the one visit from the ABA therapist he is a changed boy… ha ha I’m interested to see what his teacher says today. Drink not in the shower… Woo Hoo
Day 8 June 5th 2013
He had his private gym class and his instructor seemed to say, he is getting stronger and is doing great…. Hmmm Also when I picked him up from daycare he was drinking a veggie drink from a juice box, he never drank from a juice box before.
Day 9 June 6th 2013
Today i took him to speech and the other speech teacher said, this is the best i ever heard him….thank heavens we may be turning the corner