Pros: Nutritional supplement for children 2-12 years of age
Cons: one canister might last one month buy from distributor or ebay
I am about ready to start a new canister for my seven year-old son in the vanilla flavor of Reliv Now for Kids! nutritional supplement. Just one month ago I took the plunge and purchased a container from a seller on ebay for $12.00. My son only drinks soymilk in either regular or vanilla, so I have been adding a few spoonfuls to the refrigerated soymilk container each morning.
Reliv Now for Kids! is to be served with either milk or water. The canister comes with a scoop, but that does not fit into the soymilk opening so I have been utilizing plastic spoons with the equivalent close to a scoop measurement. Ideal for consumption at the start of the day. Not a meal replacement.
I first heard of Reliv Now for Kids! through an autism listserve where a parent was giving feedback that their child had been vocalizing more since starting this supplement. Since my son is non-verbal that was the boost I needed to give this a try, which led me to my initial purchase. Reliv products are available through distributors with details at the website. Since I buy and sell on ebay I decided to try that resource and succeeded with great results thus far. The expiration date is stamped at the bottom of the container, September of 2005.
There is no can opener needed to get the container open. The clear plastic lid conceals the tin foiled cover that has a pull tab to remove with ease. The net weight for the canister is 13.3 ounces. The Reliv Now for Kids! is available in chocolate or vanilla flavor. The servings per container come to fourteen if you follow with one scoop per serving. There are 100 calories, 20 from fat, 11 grams of sugar, 0 cholesterol, 3 grams of protein, 17 grams total carbs, 90 mg of sodium and potassium. I checked online and this is the same for Chocolate as well as the Vanilla I have purchased.
The ingredients include Omega 3 fatty acids, grape seed extract, non dairy creamer, hydronated canola oil, natural and artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, fructose, potassium caseinate, sodium chloride, PABA, FOS, soy extract, Xanthan gum, Guar gum, copper gluconate and folic acid. Reliv Now for kids! has 200% of Vitamins C and E. Vitamins A, D and F are 50% along with Calcium, folic acid, Vitamins B-1, B-6 and B-12.
The smell is very pleasing with the shade of the powder an off-white/cream colored. This is similar to what cake mixes look like and tastes just as good! This blends nicely with the soymilk and I may try this with my almost nine-year old and water or skim milk. Reliv Now for Kids! is fortified with cell-protecting antioxidants and soy protein to provide sustained energy and help build healthy bodies.
Initially I was under the impression that Reliv Now for Kids! was a gluten casein free item that would be suitable for children on a gfcf diet. It was not until my son had consumed most of the first container that I realized the potassium caseinate was listed as an ingredient. For those that may not know, potassium caseinate is spray dried low flavor milk protein manufactured from fresh skim milk and can be used in a variety of food and pharmaceutical products, especially where low sodium levels are required.
My son is not on the diet since he does consume milk products like pudding and cheese related snacks, so this was not a reason to cease using Reliv Now for Kids! I have noticed over the past month more vocalization from my son. During his feeding therapy he clearly said NO several times when prompted to consume more of a product. His performance level at school has increased as well as his enthusiasm for getting to school each morning. This can be contributed to the boost of energy from drinking his soymilk with Reliv Now for Kids!
There is a product guarantee of thirty-days for a full refund through the distributor Reliv Now for Kids! was purchased from. This is made in the U.S.A. and stored in a dry cool place with scoop inside for continued daily use. Super- powered nutrition for super-powered kids. When you purchase through a distributor the price is $23.00. The website has information pertaining to becoming a distributor and getting 20% of your orders. I have had good service through two sellers on ebay for half the price.
Other products I have tried with my son include Naturade Total Soy Ready to Drink Meal and Soy Max Complete Meal Replacement.