Be A SmartyPants: How to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency

Happy Meatless Monday and first Monday of December! I don’t know where you live but here in the Northeast the weather tends to get gloomy (and cold) around this time of year and pretty much stay that way for the next several (like six) months.  While I’m a veteran when it comes to the cold and snowy weather at this point, I always feel the effects of the lack of sunlight during winter months.

It make me feel tired and just blah but not just because of the gloom, it also has a little something to do with not getting enough vitamin D and I know I’m not alone.  While I can’t remember the exact statistic, I think it’s something like 80% of the population where I live is vitamin D deficient and it all has to do with being deprived of vitamin D which Mr. Sunshine is responsible for producing.

So, what to do when winter comes around and the sun doesn’t want to come out and play?  While hopping on a jet to the tropics might sound tempting, here are a few cheaper tips that help to avoid vitamin D deficiency. 


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Aside from the sun, one of the next best sources of vitamin D is from oily/fatty fish.  Fish such as salmon, trout, herring and even sardines contain nearly an entire day’s adequate intake of vitamin D.  Just be mindful to choose a fatty fish that is lower in mercury such as salmon or trout as other fatty fish such as mackerel and tuna tend to have higher levels of mercury. 

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For those of you that can have dairy, choose cow milk that is fortified with vitamin D.  Actually, even if you drink dairy free milk, you can still find some that are also fortified with vitamin D particularly certain almond and soy milks.  If you don’t do dairy or aren’t a fan of milk in general you can also find a lot of orange juices that are also fortified with vitamin D such as Florida’s Natural Orange Juice.  

While I don’t drink cow’s milk, I do use almond milk in my smoothies so I decided to combine both almond milk and fortified orange juice for an extra boost of daily vitamin D with this Creamsicle Smoothie recipe! 


Creamsicle smoothie





  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Silk)
  • 3/4 cup vitamin D fortified orange juice (I used Florida’s Natural)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks 
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder 



  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 


For those of us who live in regions where the sun rarely shines, taking a supplement is another way to get the vitamin D that you need.  Unfortunately, that tends to turn into more of a chore a times especially if it’s just another pill to swallow.  Thankfully, SmartyPants makes delicious gummy vitamins that not only taste yummy but they’re also a 4 in 1 multivitamin that includes vitamin D3, Omega 3s EPA &DHA and vitamin B12. 

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How to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency During the Winter: Orange Creamsicle Vitamin D Smoothie and SmartyPants Multivitamins

What SmartyPants Vitamins doesn’t have is just as important.  They don’t include high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. 

I have been taking the adult version for the last several months and recently ran out- I have to say that I not only looked forward to taking them but I felt better too! These vitamins are also available in a children’s version which I just so happen to be giving away today! 

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Have you ever had a creamsicle smoothie? 

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This post is also linked up with Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner for Meatless Monday!

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply December 7, 2015

As I work from home, and don't go out as often as I should, this is an issue for me. I take supplements, just so I make sure to get enough.

    Reply December 8, 2015

    Working from home really makes it hard to get outside as strange as it seems! Especially during the colder months when I NEVER leave the house!

Reply December 7, 2015

You're not alone. My primary care provider detected my Vitamin D deficiency over a year ago. I take high-dose supplements weekly this time of year, and daily lower-dose supplements in the spring and summer. I also started light therapy this year.

    Reply December 8, 2015

    I think I need to get my levels tested as well and light therapy sounds like a great idea!

Reply December 7, 2015

I need to get my levels done. I was outside so much more in California than i am now in Texas!

    Reply December 8, 2015

    I need to get my levels done as well...not sure the last time I was tested!

Reply December 7, 2015

This smoothie looks delicious!! I had never heard of vitamin D deficiency until my son was born. Apparently it is really common in winter babies. Great info!
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    It is SO common unfortunately!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 7, 2015

Even in the wintertime, I have to get outside and get a little sun and vitamin D! Thanks for linking up today have a great week
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    I NEED to get out more but it's so hard here when it's snowy and below zero!

Carly @ Fitliving blog
Reply December 7, 2015

YUM! That smoothie looks so delicious. I have all of those ingredients, so this one is happening today! Might add a little greens in there for an added boost :-)
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Yes, greens would be great in there too! :)

Reply December 7, 2015

I live closer to the sun here in Denver but on snowy days I stay in the house this would be helpful for winter. I love orange creamsicles

    Reply December 8, 2015

    I wish I lived where you do- it's so dreary here all the time :(

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply December 7, 2015

Even though I live in a sunny place, I still have to supplement vitamin D. Creamsicle is one of my favorite flavors (and memories).
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    It's so crazy how many people are deficient in it!

Reply December 7, 2015

This is the first thing I saw online this morning and it looks amazing!!!
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Thanks friend! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 7, 2015

I'm not a huge creamsicle person, but I DO love the Smartypants gummies!
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    They are the best!

Mary Long
Reply December 7, 2015

Vit D is a huge issue for me. I have a deficiency so I take 4000 IU a day. One symptom of a lack of D is joint pain. I know within a day if I forget to take it. I feel so much better when I remember - Haha. Also, 15 minute of sun in the morning ( without sunscreen ) will give you what your body needs for the day.

    Reply December 8, 2015

    YES! The no sunscreen tip is awesome! I read that somewhere too!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 7, 2015

This smoothie looks delicious! And thanks for all the tips! I'm determined to take advantage of this crazy nice weather we're still having and not get sick this winter.
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Omg, I know! I am LOVING this weather!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Reply December 7, 2015

This is exactly what I needed today - I woke up in the middle of the night with a sore throat. 'Tis the season...
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Ugh, me too! Feel better!

Reply December 7, 2015

Yum! I love how we both had orange flavored smoothies today :)
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Me too- great minds think alike! :)

Crystal Renaud
Reply December 7, 2015

I am going to have to try that smoothie! My post tomorrow is about smoothies! I love them and will never get sick of them! Happy Monday!
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Loved your post today- so much superfood yumminess! :)

Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
Reply December 8, 2015

LOOOOVE this post! I have started taking a supplement per my doctor's suggestion. It's amazing how many people are Vitamin D deficient and how important it is!

    Reply December 8, 2015

    It really is SO crazy! I guess we all spend way too much time indoors :(

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 8, 2015

Your creamcicle smoothie looks spot on! great nfo! I thin this Florida girl is good with the vitamin D but we get in a funk down here if it is gloomy for more than 2 days! I know, spoiled :)
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    Reply December 8, 2015

    Thank you! And,'re super spoiled! JEALOUS!

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply December 8, 2015

That creamcicle smoothie looks sooo good! I take Vit D supplements as well because I'm not getting enough especially in the winter.
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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply December 8, 2015

I will admit I am a gummy vitamin addict. I take 3 different kinds every day.
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Heathers Looking Glass
Reply December 8, 2015

That smoothie looks delish!
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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
Reply December 9, 2015

I'm always struggling with my Vit D intake, especially during the next few months so thanks for looking out!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply December 10, 2015

This smoothie recipe looks fantastic :) great way to beat the blues! If the sun hasn't come out in a few days, I feel so lethargic and a bit cranky.
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Reply January 6, 2016

Hallo there Ann, Happy new year!
This cold season isn't usually the best for me as things tend to go rough when it comes to matters of health and I usually arm myself with supplements and organic vitamins.
I have heard of some good things about Smarty and perhaps it's time I give it a try.
Thanks for sharing.


Natural Beauty Tips
Reply April 8, 2016

Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbled upon it I will revisit once again since I have saved as a favorite it.
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