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.
TIPS TO AVOID VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
INCORPORATE OILY FISH INTO YOUR DIET
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.
CHOOSE FORTIFIED MILKS AND JUICES
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!
- 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
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
TAKE A SUPPLEMENT
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.
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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Do you live somewhere sunny?
Have you ever had a creamsicle smoothie?