I have long relied on the dietary supplement Emergen-C for a boost of Vitamins B, C and other vitamins during cold season, when I feel a cold coming on or when I am traveling. The flavors are not too sweet and I really believe that the combination of the water and the extra vitamins and minerals make it easier for my body to fight off whatever little germs happen to come my way.
My kids, on the other hand, have never really been so excited about my recommendations for Emergen-C as a way to get more of the vitamins and minerals they need into their bodies. They didn’t really like the taste but knew that it would help boost their immune systems (because their busy lifestyles and picky eating habits make it more challenging to get what they need from their daily food intake) and make them feel better sooner.
When I was given the opportunity to try out the new Emergen-C Kidz I immediately agreed. I wanted to know if the new formulation, specifically for kids would be well received in this house of picky young people! When the samples arrived and I had the chance to check out the packaging, I was really happy to see that not only does the Emergen-C Kidz contain a kid size dose of Vitamin C (250mg) plus Zinc and other immune system support antioxidants, but they kept all the essential minerals and electrolytes as well as the energizing B vitamins like the adult formula. The electrolytes in the Emergen-C make it a great option for post-practice rehydration with only 5g of sugar instead of a sugary sports drink.
Now the real test – will they like it? Just like the adult formulation, Emergen-C Kidz is a single serve packet of powder that you add to a glass of water or a water bottle. Just a word of caution – Emergen-c Kidz FIZZES!!! Kids will think it is cool, but if you are pouring it into a water bottle, have your kids take a good size sip of water before you add the Emergen-c or you will have a mess on your hands!
My kids and I both think the new flavors of Orange, Grape and Fruit Punch are much nicer than the grown up formulation (even though I am still partial to my Raspberry Emergen-c) and they like all three flavors. However, if I asked them if I could only buy ONE flavor, which would they choose, the overwhelming response was the Fruit Punch. You can control the intensity of the flavor based on how much water you place the packet of mix into. When my son comes home from a sports practice he will add 2 packets to a 16 oz water bottle, but my daughter prefers one packet in a small water bottle.
Another thing I like about the new Emergen-C Kidz is that for every box sold, Emergen-C Kidz will donate 25 cents to Vitamin Angels to provide essential nutrients to one child for one year, helping reduce childhood mortality worldwide. If you visit the Emergen-C Kidz Facebook Page and take the My Emergen-C Kidz Pledge to commit to a fun and healthy lifestyle for your family another 25 cents will be donated.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Emergen-C and received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.