Come September the small boy will toddle off to the nursery at our local primary school. We’ve been busy getting his uniform and things ready, but having worked in education in a previous life, one of my biggest worries is just how many colds and bugs he’ll pick up once he starts in September. Whilst he’s a pretty good eater and loves his fruit and veg, it can’t hurt to give him and his immune system a boost.
We were asked to try a new children’s drink, Nurture, which has been designed to boost children’s immune systems. The drinks come in two flavours, Strawberry & Cherry and Orange & Pineapple. Both flavours are 100% natural with no added sugar or sweeteners and are made up of 50% juice and 50% water.
The juices are endorsed by Dr Sarah Brewer, the UK’s leading medical nutritionist who says “Many children miss days from school due to coughs and colds. While it’s important to avoid spreading infection when kids are unwell, it’s also important to boost their immunity so they recover quickly and are less likely to succumb to the next wave of infection going round”.
Each 200ml pouch is packed with optimum daily amounts of vitamins for children aged two to five years. Including Wellmune WGP 100% natural beta glucan is a clever ingredient designed to strengthen key immune cells. Vitamins B6, B9, B12, C, D, and zinc contribute to the normal function of the immune system, Calcium and Vitamin D provide power for the normal growth and development of strong bones, and Vitamin B5 supports brain development.
So, how did we get on? The small boy is 3 and we have so far limited his juice intake, generally preferring to give him water or milk. Juice is a rare treat because it’s quite sweet and it’s not something we have in the house for ourselves. We decided to limit him to the recommended one pouch per day, and of course I had a little sip or two just to check it out for myself.
Firstly we tried the strawberry and cherry flavour. I think this was his favourite as all he asks for now is the “red juice”. To me it tasted quite sweet and I can see why it appeals. It was a nice balance of the two fruits. He was very happy to drink the pouch in one go, but if you were drinking this at home I’d be tempted to decant it into a glass and dilute it with a bit more water.
We then tried the orange and pineapple flavour, I personally preferred this flavour as I’m a bit of a pineapple junkie, the small boy liked it too. It was sweet enough, but not overly so, but could be diluted down further if you wanted to.
Each pouch comes with a special spill-proof spout. We’d never encountered a spout in that design and it took a few minutes to get the hang of, if you depress the cap with your mouth and suck the juice it comes out quite easily.
I think the Nurture drinks are a great addition to lunch-boxes and as part of childrens’ daily diets. The pouches are a definite improvement on other pouched juice drinks which offer negligible nutritional benefits. I’d happily pick Nurture over other drinks for their immune boosting benefits, even if they are slightly more expensive. I think in this instance you get what you pay for, and this is clearly innovative and useful, not to mention delicious and popular with the small boy. This is a winner.
You may also like to read my interview about family health and nutrition with leading nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
Nurture is available now in Tesco stores across the UK, at RRP £2.99 for a pack of four 200ml pouches. Visit the Nurture drinks Facebook or Twitter for information and tips on family health.
Note: we were sent two boxes of Nurture drinks free of charge for review purposes, we have not been financially compensated for this post, all opinions and images are my own.