Children’s Retro Vitamin D-iner


Vitamin D Mission launch pop-up restaurant to help parents top-up their children’s vitamin D intake

The Vitamin D-iner is a retro American diner-style children’s restaurant, which caters to those with a taste for vitamin D. Serving food and drinks rich in the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, the pop-up 1950’s airstream offers mums and dads the chance to top-up their child’s intake with a menu designed especially for kids.

From the 23rd to 25th April, children under five visiting Brent Cross Shopping Centre ,London are offering the chance to enjoy delicious meals that are rich in vitamin D. From wild salmon fish cakes to egg-rich cheese and ham quiches, strawberries dipped in chocolate and rice krispies for desert, the menu aims to delight, with a capital ‘D’ – vitamin D, that is.

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The Vitamin D-iner is brought to you by the Vitamin D Mission, a new health awareness campaign that aims to eradicate vitamin D deficiency among the UK’s under-5s, aiming to provide parents with more details about the important vitamin.

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As well as serving meals rich in vitamin D, the restaurant will be serving-up a smorgasbord of information to mums and dads to help raise awareness of the importance of vitamin D for children.

Parents can book sittings on the day by speaking to a member of staff. The Vitamin D-iner will offer six meal sittings per day over its three-day residence at Brent Cross:

·      11:00 – 11:45

·      12:00 – 12:45

·      13:00 – 13:45

·      15:00 – 15:45

·      16:00 – 16:45

·      17:00 – 17:45

Who: Vitamin D Mission – public health campaign

What: Vitamin D-iner: Retro American diner-style pop-up restaurant for under-5s serving vitamin D rich food and drink

When: Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 2014

Where: Centre Court, Brent Cross Shopping Centre Shopping Centre, North London, NW4 3FP 11am – 5pm

For more information on the Vitamin D Mission and to take the online test to estimate how much vitamin D your child is getting visit

This is not a sponsored post, no payment has been received, I bring this information to you as part of being a Growingup milk Mum




The Winter Potty List with Growing Up Milk

Winter is definitely upon us, the mornings are chilly and cold and it has been getting darker alot earlier. As it is a lot colder now we find it not so easy to spend lengthy amounts of time outside in the fresh air.

From October to April, the sun is at the wrong angle for our bodies and the bodies of our little ones to make the vitamin D we need. This can have an impact on your toddler’s health, as vitamin D plays an important role in the development of little ones’ bones and teeth. I wrote about Vitamin D a while back, you can read about it here. As we are spending less time outside because of the weather and also because the sun is at the wrong angle we need find ways to top up our toddler’s diet with Vitamin D during this time.

Why not Play chef on a rainy day and design funny faces for Fisherman’s Jackets (jacket potato with tuna). Not only is this a fun activity for you and your little one to enjoy together, but the final product is also a good source of vitamin D

Relax and curl up watching a movie, with a beaker of Growing Up Milk for your little one and a hot drink for mum. Just two 150ml beakers a day of Growing Up Milk provides 73% of toddlers’ daily dietary vitamin D recommendation

Other sources of dietary vitamin D include fortified cereals, eggs and oily fish. The Department of Health also recommends that all children aged six months to five years receive vitamin D drops of at least 7mcg, in order to meet their daily requirement

My son is 27 months old and still enjoys 2 beakers of Growing Up Milk a day, of which he drinks first thing in the morning after his cereal and one just after dinner of the evening. Drinking 2 150ml beakers of Growing Up Milk a day gives him 73% of the daily recommended requirement. I want to make sure that he has strong and healthy bones and teeth as this is important to his growth and development and he also really likes the taste of the milk and prefers it to drinking cows milk.

The guys over at Growing Up Milk  asked parents to send in their suggestions of things to do with a toddler over the winter months. After looking through all the great entries, they have created a Winter Potty List of 24 must-do activities for you and your little one to enjoy, including a few vitamin D inspired games.

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I think taking part in the Winter Potty List will be lots of fun and it will also keep us, as well as our children, active and healthy.

Scrambled eggs, canned Tuna, Salmon, Canned Sardines and Chicken are all ideal foods to get Vitamin D from.

Will you be joining in? What would you add to the list?



Vitamin D Day 31 March 2013


Vitamin D Day to shine spotlight on vitamin D

 At the dawn of British summertime 2013, launches the UK’s first Vitamin D Day (31 March) to raise awareness about the importance of the vitamin for toddler development. I recently wrote about how we get our recommended dose of the sunshine vitamin Here

With a recent survey highlighting that the majority of UK mums (91%)  don’t know the recommended daily intake of vitamin D for toddlers, Vitamin D Day has been created to address misconceptions, and educate the nation’s parents, about the role of diet in providing the essential vitamin.

Health expert and ITV’s This Morning regular, Dr Chris Steele, who is backing Vitamin D Day, stressed the importance of dietary intake of vitamin D for toddlers. He said: “Many parents don’t know how much vitamin D is needed for the normal growth of toddler bones and teeth.

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He added: “The low levels of vitamin D in toddler diets is a growing health concern and we need to ensure that our toddlers are getting the best from their diets. Presently, the average British toddler is only getting 27% of their recommended daily dietary vitamin D intake ii and the sun cannot be relied upon alone to fulfil a toddler’s vitamin D needs.”

Vitamin D Day aims to educate Brits on the food sources, like oily fish, liver and eggs, as well as foods and milks fortified with vitamin D, such as fortified breakfast cereals and Growing Up Milk, to help top-up vitamin D levels in our little ones’ diets.

To support Vitamin D Day has launched its new website which includes vitamin D rich recipes for toddlers and expert health advice and tips, as well as a vitamin D Q&A video with Dr Chris Steele.


For more information on the importance Vitamin D and toddler nutrition, visit


The Sunshine Vitamin

Children need Vitamin D to help their bones develop properly, grow and stay strong. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium which helps us to build strong teeth and bones. A deficiency in Vitamin D at an early age can lead to a child developing rickets (a bone deformity), delayed motor skills, aches and pains and future bone fractures.

We get about 80% of our Vitamin D recommendation from the suns Ultra Violet (UVB) rays, when the sunshines on our skin our bodies make the Vitamin D, although if the sun is low lying or it is a cloudy, foggy day then our bodies will struggle to make the Vitamin so we need source it from other materials either by suppliments as an adult or from a food source.

Regardless of age a child’s Vitamin D daily requirement is 10 micrograms/400iu

Good Sources of Vitamin D:

  • Oily fish like Salmon and Tuna
  • Egg Yolk
  • Orange Juice
  • Fortified Milk (Formula)
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Meat
  • Fortified Margarine

How we get our Vitamin D:

Get Active: 10-15 minutes of play a day outside, receiving sun exposure on your arms and legs should be enough for your Vitamin D requirement, remember to apply sunscreen on really hot days. 2-3 days a week during the summer months (April-October) should be enough to get the sufficient amount of Vitamin D.

Eat Healthy: Eating a balanced diet which is rich in dairy and fish

Formula Milk: Infant formula milk is already fortified with Vitamin D and if your child is drinking about a pint (500ml) a day then they will be receiving enough of their daily Vitamin D without having to supplement their diet.

Oliver my 19 month old boy still drinks two bottles of 6oz growing up milk a day, one in the morning after breakfast and one in the evening just before bed, so I ensure he gets the rest of his recommended dosage by giving him a balanced diet. We eat fish twice a week, once on a Friday and another day it will be tuna with pasta, which Oliver prefers to eat over chicken, he drinks lots of orange juice and loves his breakfast cereal so I make sure that it is one that is fortified with Vitamin D. Oliver is a very active boy who is full of energy and is always running and climbing I want to make sure that he stays strong and healthy so he doesn’t at an older age have weak bones. Oliver loves to be in the great outdoors and the weather is nice he will spend most of his time digging playing in the garden, if the suns rays are strong I do take precaution and rub suncream onto his skin, although in order for our bodies to get the sufficient amount of vitamin D from the rays the exposure needs to be without sunscreen.

How would you recommend that we receive our Vitamin D requirement?