First for medications: I usually try to chat with a compounding pharmacist before prescribing meds to kids. There are often liquid suspensions that are slightly modified with taste in mind. We can make sure that the preparation is specific to a child's needs (ie. GFCF or colorant free) and all compounding pharmacies have the ability to make the medications into more kid-friendly forms like lollipops.
Supplements require a little more creativity. Below is a list of suggestions compiled by many saavy parents. A little trial and error is required to find the balance for each child and supplement. For example: Chocolate hides bitter tastes nicely, sour hides well in fruit or yogurt, minerals are often a little salty and can hide in savory foods or sweet ones, and B vitamins hide well in tangy foods like tomato or peanut butter.
- mix into juices (lemonade, orange, grape and pear juices are good starts)
- mix into V-8 splash
- mix into yogurt, applesauce or pudding
- mix in fruit sorbets
- mix in chocolate syrup
- mix in nut butters (cashew, peanut or almond)
- add to a fruit smoothy or protein shake
- mix in honey, maple syrup or jam
- make popsicles with supplements or freeze in ice cube trays with toothpicks for smaller bites
- hide doses in rice-crispy treats
- mix in ketchup and put on french fries
- hide in baby-food
- add heat-stable products in cooked scrambled eggs or cooked spaghetti sauce, or pancake batter
- Sprinkle on toast or waffles before adding butter or coconut oil and jam