Kirkman® Recipe – Back to School

It is that time of year again!  The temperature is getting cooler and the long days of freedom, fun and endless sunshine are coming to an end.  While the carefree days of summer are becoming distant memories, there is another notable occasion that indicates summer is over – going back to school!  For some, the start of a new school year is exciting.  It is a chance for a fresh start with the added thrill of a new classroom, friends and teachers.  Similarly, there are some kids (and parents!) that with a new school year comes stress, worry and anxiety.

For parents with a child with special needs, the transition from a summer routine (or lack of routine!) to a new school year can be extra unsettling.  A main concern for parents and kids is beginning a new school year with a dietary allergy or sensitivity.  Sending your kid to school with lunch money is not an option when considering a food allergy and the limited options that are available at your child’s school, so being prepared and planning ahead is a must!

Good nutrition is a great start to planning for the school year.  Put the stress to rest by beginning each day with a healthy breakfast.  By doing so, it will help your child concentrate in class and will provide them with the energy they will need throughout the day.  Plan ahead and make these delicious allergen-free muffins!  As an added bonus, you can make them the night before to help create a stress-free morning!

Almond Flour Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients –

  • 3 eggs (or use an egg substitute, such as ¾ cup of unsweetened applesauce or 3 heaping tablespoons of soy flour and 6 tablespoons of water when necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup honey or Kirkman’s No Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups almond flour or meal (can use coconut flour as a substitute when necessary)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 recommnended serving (varies by child) of Calcium 200 mg – Bio-Max Series – Hypoallergenic (capsule opened and contents emptied)
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips, or Paskesz Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 

Directions –

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Whisk eggs (or use egg substitute), vinegar, banana, honey and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. In a second, larger bowl, whisk almond flour, baking powder and salt until no lumps remain. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix by hand until almost combined. Add coconut oil and fold gently until evenly mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter into muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until set. Let cool about five minutes in pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Packing a flavorful and nutritious lunch that your child will eat which is also allergen-free can often times become a stressor all on it’s own!  You can always keep it simple and pack a twist to an all-time favorite: Pea Butter and Jelly Sandwich! This recipe is free of the common allergens, and the pea butter can be made the night before and used in various ways throughout the week!

Pea Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Ingredients –

        ▪       ⅔ cup dry whole yellow peas
        ▪       ½ cup water
        ▪       2 ½ tablespoons refined coconut oil
        ▪       ½ tablespoon agave nectar
        ▪       ¼ teaspoon sea salt
        ▪       Gluten-free bread, sliced
        ▪       Jelly of choice, sugar-free

Directions –

Soften peas by placing them in a bowl and cover with one inch of cool water. Cover and let stand 24 hours.
When ready, preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment. 

Drain peas and spread in one layer on the sheet. Bake for one hour, stopping every 15 minutes to shake the pan (prevents burning).
Place the peas in a bowl to cool. Once cooled, move them to a food processor and add water.

Let stand 15 minutes then pulse until finely chopped. Add oil, agave and salt and run the food processor until the ingredients turn into a smooth, thick paste, adding more water if necessary.

Spread desired amount on gluten-free bread of choice and add sugar-free jelly.

After a day full of new activities and learning, your child most likely worked up quite an appetite.  Want a quick after-school snack that will hold them over until dinner is ready?  Try this quick smoothie recipe!  You can also be sure they are getting their multivitamins by sneaking some into the recipe!

Very Berry Smoothie 

Ingredients –

        ▪       1 cup frozen mixed berries
        ▪       1 cup flavored juice (Orange is recommended, plus it helps your child get more vitamin C!)
        ▪       1 ½ cup ice
        ▪       ½ cup yogurt (If your child is sensitive to dairy, try Vance’s™ DariFree™ Original Flavor.)
        ▪        1 recommended serving (varies by child) Super Nu-Thera® Liquid – Raspberry Flavored Concentrate – New Formula

Directions –

Blend all ingredients until smooth 


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CALCIUM 101 – Why is Calcium Important

Why is calcium important?

Most people are aware that calcium is an essential mineral our body needs to develop and maintain strong, healthy bones and teeth. About 99% of the calcium in our body is located in our bones and teeth. However, many are not aware that the remaining 1 % of calcium is crucial for muscular contraction, nerve conduction, supporting heart function, blood coagulation, glandular secretion, the production of energy and the maintenance of immune function.


1. Building and maintaining good bone health

2. Development of healthy teeth

3. Crucial for:

a. Muscle contraction

b. Nerve conduction

c. Supporting heart function

d. Blood coagulation

e. Glandular secretion

f. Production of energy

g. Maintenance of immune function

What if I’m not getting enough?

In a December 2001 news release Calcium Crisis Affects American Youth, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that only 13.5% of girls and 36.3% of boys in the United States get the recommended daily amount of calcium. Without adequate calcium intake, the body begins to “rob calcium from the bones” in order to provide the calcium needed for functions other than bone and teeth development. (NOTE: A total dietary intake of calcium in excess of 2000 mg per day has no known benefit to bone health.)

How can we get enough calcium?

Eating a sufficient variety of foods that contain calcium is a common way to get adequate calcium. However, this can be a significant problem for people who consume a restricted diet, particularly those who have an intolerance to dairy products. As the following chart indicates almost 3/4th of the average intake of calcium in a typical diet comes from dairy products.

74-5% Dairy Products

6.2% Vegetables

4.4% Grains

3.7% Legumes, Nuts, Soy

3.4% Meat, Poultry, Fish

2.5% Fruit

5.2% Other Foods

(Includes eggs, fats, oils, sugars and sweeteners, and miscellaneous foods) 

Grinding calcium to a smoother texture is an important step toward calcium supplement performance. Kirkman calcium sources are ground to a very fine particle size, which allows improved absorption via more surface area contact with stomach acids. A finer grind is also dissolved easier in liquids and foods, and produces a much less gritty mouth feel. This is especially important for children, as they often will reject coarse textures. The fine grinds also make the calcium “disappear” when used in baking.

Kirkman calcium supplements are in powdered, capsule and liquid forms. These forms don’t involve the compression of the calcium raw materials into tablets, as these can be very hard to dissolve in the body, and also tend to set-up over time leading to poor absorption.

Our capsules utilize the bisglycinate form of calcium, which is unsurpassed in absorption qualities, and our powders and liquids utilize the carbonate and citrate forms, which have been demonstrated in several studies to have similar absorption patterns to the calcium in milk.

Independent laboratory analysis of Kirkman calcium supplements demonstrates that Kirkman utilizes the purest, pharmaceutical grade, lowest lead calcium raw materials available. Kirkman calcium supplements far exceed the quality standards set by the State of California for acceptable lead levels in consumer products.

Larry Newman, Kirkman Laboratories, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Lead in calcium?

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states “The risk of exposure to lead from over-the-counter calcium supplements has been well recognized for nearly two decades.” The article concludes that “Despite increasingly stringent limits of lead exposure, many calcium supplement formulations contain lead and thereby may pose an easily avoidable public health concern.”

 Another study of calcium products reported that “two-thirds … failed to meet the 1999 California criteria for acceptable lead levels in consumer products.”

 Melissa Schorr of ABC News reports that researchers at the University of Florida, Gainesville, are finding that even popular national brands of calcium products contained lead. Lead is a toxic metal that can lead to anemia, high blood pressure, brain and kidney damage in adults and developmental damage in children!

NOTE: All Kirkman calcium is independently laboratory tested to assure pharmaceutical grade quality that meets all federal and state standards for purity. 

How much calcium does each form contain?

FORM                                                ELEMENTAL CALCIUM

Calcium Carbonate                              36%

Calcium Citrate                                   21%

Calcium Phosphate                             23%

Calcium Bisglycinate Chelate 26% 

How well is calcium absorbed in the body?

Calcium from milk: 27%

Calcium Carbonate: 23%

Calcium Citrate: 25%

Calcium Phosphate: 17%

Calcium Bisglycinate Chelate: 44

Calcium products from Kirkman Laboratories


Flavored Powder

A great tasting calcium powder with vitamin D, which can be mixed in food or beverage for easy administration. This product can also be used in baking at moderate temperature. Each 1/4-teaspoon contains a total of 333mg of calcium carbonate and calcium citrate.

Available in both 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes.


Hypoallergenic Unflavored Powder

An unflavored calcium powder with vitamin D which can be mixed in food or beverage for easy administration. This product can also be used in baking at moderate temperature. Each 1/2-teaspoon contains a total of 1000mg of calcium carbonate and calcium citrate.

Available in both 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes.


BioMax™  Hypoallergenic Capsules

An unflavored calcium with vitamin D containing a clinically proven highly absorbable Bisglycinate chelate form of calcium. Because the taste of this form of calcium is rather unpleasant it is used only in a capsule form and not used in Kirkman calcium powders. One capsule contains 200mg of elemental calcium from calcium bisglycinate.

Available 120 Capsules per bottle.



A pleasant tasting flavored liquid calcium-magnesium combination that is not gritty and can be administered by teaspoon or mixed with beverages. Two teaspoons contain a total of 400mg of calcium carbonate.

Available in a 16 oz. size. 

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A Minerals Primer — Important Things You Should Know About Minerals



Have you ever noticed that most “multi-vitamin” formulations also contain multi-minerals?  That’s because vitamins need minerals to be effective.  An interesting fact is that the body can use minerals without vitamins, but it cannot use vitamins without minerals1.

Minerals are naturally occurring chemical elements that are found in the earth.  We benefit from the nutrients that minerals provide when we eat plants that have absorbed minerals from the soil or water or animals that have eaten the plants.  Minerals are extracted from mineral salts (molecules such as sulfate, carbonate, citrate, oxide or other negatively charged chemical group) for use in dietary supplements.

Kirkman® offers a blend of minerals in our hypoallergenic Multiple Mineral Complex Pro-Support (#0063-180) and Advanced Mineral Support (#0325-180).  Kirkman® also offers extensive lines of single mineral supplements (for a complete list click here) and multi-vitamin/mineral supplements (for a complete list click here).


The Importance of Minerals

Minerals are needed for the proper composition of body fluids, including blood, and for the proper composition of tissues, bone, teeth, muscles and nerves.  Minerals also play a significant role in maintaining healthy nerve function, the regulation of muscle tone, and supporting a healthy cardiovascular system.

Like vitamins, minerals also function as coenzymes that allow the body to perform its biochemical functions including:

  • energy production;
  • growth;
  • healing;
  • proper utilization of vitamins and other nutrients.

The human body must have a proper chemical balance that depends on the levels of different minerals in the body and in the ratios of certain mineral levels to one another.  If one mineral level is out of balance, all other mineral levels may be affected.  If this type of imbalance is not corrected, a chain reaction of imbalances can begin that may lead to serious health problems.2

The late Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel prizes, and a founder of the Linus Pauling Institute, which since 1973 has been devoted to nutrient research, said that minerals were the key to good health.  “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency, ” Dr. Pauling was quoted to say.3

Classifications of Minerals

Minerals that are considered vital to good health, fitness, and mental well-being are divided into two primary groups: major minerals (also known as macro minerals) and trace minerals (also known as micro minerals). 

Major minerals are required by the body in relatively large amounts.  There are seven major minerals, which include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur. 

Trace minerals, though only required in minute amounts by the body are, nevertheless, essential for good health. Primary trace minerals include iron, zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, molybdenum, manganese, and iodine.4 

More About Major Minerals

Note:  The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are indicated for each mineral for males and females nine years of age and older (not including infants, children under the age of 8 or pregnant or lactating women). Developed by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, they incorporate Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) (the average daily dietary intake level; sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all [97-98 per cent] healthy individuals in a group.)  The DRIs, which are more comprehensive than the RDAs, were updated in 2016 and are expected to replace the RDAs in the future.5


Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body.  It makes up 1.5-2% of our body weight, with bones making up about 99% of the body’s calcium content.  The major function of calcium is to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth; however, it is also involved in much of the body’s enzyme activity as well as regulation of cardiovascular function. The DRIs for calcium are 1,000-1,300 mg/day.  


Magnesium is involved in more biochemical functions than any other mineral in the body.  Over 300 metabolic reactions involve this important nutrient so it is prudent to ensure your daily intake is sufficient.  Magnesium is also extremely important in regulating heart rhythms.  The recommended daily value for magnesium is 400 mg. and most dietary surveys indicate that most individuals only get 220-320 mg. per day, a suboptimal level.  It is important, however, not to over consume magnesium since excess amounts of this mineral have a laxative effect.  The DRIs for magnesium are 240-420 mg/day.


Phosphorus is an important macromineral in the body, but, like potassium, the diet usually supplies adequate levels.  Phosphorus deficiency and the need for supplementation are rare because almost all foods are rich in this mineral, including carbonated beverages.  Some nutritional supplements may contain a small amount of phosphorus as a safety factor, but that supplementation is seldom required.  The DRIs for phosphorus are 700-1250 mg/day.


Potassium is a mineral necessary for good health and organ function, though most individuals’ potassium requirements are met by their diet.  Additional supplementation outside of the diet is NOT RECOMMENDED.  This is because life-sustaining functions are regulated by potassium and upsetting the chemical balance of this nutrient can be life- threatening.  For this reason, potassium is not found in significant quantities in dietary supplements.  Potassium should only be supplemented if recommended by your physician.  The DRIs for potassium are 4,500-4,700 mg/day.

Sodium and Chloride

Sodium is an essential mineral that your body needs to function properly.  Along with the mineral chloride, it helps regulate the balance of fluids inside and outside of your cells and blood pressure.  Sodium also helps with the functions of nerves and muscles.  Sodium and chloride make up table salt.  Because of the liberal use of salt in American diets, sodium sufficiency is not a common problem. Excessive sodium and chloride can lead to serious health problems including high blood pressure and kidney issues. The DRIs for sodium are 1,200-1,500 mg/day.  The DRIs for chloride are 1,800-2,300 mg/day.

Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body and is essential for life.  Sulfur contributes important amino acids that create protein for cells, enzymes, tissues, and hormones.  We get sulfur from the proteins in meats, poultry, eggs, fish, milk, nuts and beans. 

More About Trace Minerals


Chromium is an essential mineral in human nutrition, though its mechanisms are not well understood.  Chromium plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism and is important in glucose regulating activities. Good sources of dietary chromium are whole grains, cereals, mushrooms and meat. 

The average American diet is chromium deficient because chromium is poorly absorbed, even from chromium rich foods.  For that reason, most multiple vitamin/mineral products contain chromium.  As with selenium, however, excess chromium can be toxic and lead to organ failure.  The DRIs for chromium are 20-35 mcg/day.


Copper is an essential trace mineral in human and animal nutrition.  Copper aids in the formation of various human tissues and red blood cells.  It also works synergistically with zinc and vitamin C in the formation of skin protein. Most individuals consume enough copper in their diets so that additional supplementation is not necessary.  In fact, excessive copper intake can lead to copper toxicity and a drop in zinc and vitamin C levels.  For this reason, copper supplements are not common.  The DRIs for copper are 700-900 mcg/day.  


Trace amounts of iodine are vital to support a healthy thyroid gland.  Iodized salt, in common use these days, provides adequate amounts of iron in most individual’s diets. Other foods high in iodine content include seafood, kelp, asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, Swiss chard, turnip greens and sesame seeds. Individuals on a low sodium diet may not consume enough iodized salt to get their daily requirement, so those individuals will need to make sure they take a supplement or eat iodine rich foods.  The DRIs for iodine are 120-150 mcg/day. 


Iron is essential in the human diet for the respiration process, the transport of oxygen in the blood and in the oxygenation of red blood cells.  Estimates are that 25% of the world’s population is iron deficient. Even so, iron supplementation should only be taken if recommended by your physician or at a low, daily dose in multi-vitamins.

Iron rich foods include eggs, meats, whole grains, almonds, avocados, beets, and green vegetables.  Iron found in breads, milk and cereals are not well absorbed.  If your doctor prescribes iron supplementation, it should be taken with food as iron tends to upset and irritate the digestive and gastrointestinal tracts.  The DRIs for iron are 8-18 mg/day.


Manganese is a mineral element that is both nutritionally essential and potentially toxic.  It is a constituent of multiple enzymes and an activator of other enzymes.  Manganese superoxide dismutase is the principal antioxidant enzyme in the mitochondria, which is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress because it consumes 90% of the oxygen used by cells.  This mineral aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, cholesterol, vitamin B-1 and vitamin E. Some of the best sources of manganese are grains, nuts, vegetables and teas. The DRIs for manganese are 1.6-2.3 mg/day.


Molybdenum is a trace mineral required by both animals and humans to activate certain enzymes used in catabolism and detoxification processes.  Though deficiencies in humans are very rare, individuals undergoing detoxification protocols may want to supplement with this mineral just to be sure catabolism is at its optimal levels. 

Molybdenum is found naturally in beans, liver, cereal grains, peas, legumes and dark green leafy vegetables.  Molybdenum intake should not exceed 1 mg. daily.  Excessive amounts can lead to gout or molybdenum poisoning.  The recommended daily value is 70 micrograms.  TheDRIs for molybdenum are 34-45 mcg/day.  


Selenium is an essential trace element in humans and animals.  It is involved in a healthy immune system, the detoxification process and also has high antioxidant activity.  It works synergistically with vitamin E and vitamin C in preventing the formation of free radicals. 

Selenium can be found in meat and grains but is very soil dependent as to how much is present in those foods.  So, areas of the country where the soil is low in selenium produce crops that are also low in selenium content or farm animals deficient in this nutrient.  One of the best sources of selenium is Brazil nuts, which can contain more than 500 micrograms per ounce of nuts. 

The DRIs for selenium are 40-55 mcg/day.  Excess selenium should not be consumed, as this can lead to selenium toxicity that can cause numerous health issues.


Zinc is a mineral that is essential to humans and animals, and it plays several vital roles in maintaining good health.  Zinc is involved in more than 200 enzymatic reactions that make up our metabolic processes.  Other vital functions of zinc include:

  • maintaining growth and development;
  • maintaining a healthy, effective immune response;
  • supporting healthy skin and proper wound healing; and
  • supporting sexual maturation and reproduction.

Zinc is found in many food sources including egg yolks, fish, meat (including fish and poultry), seafood, seeds and grains.  Even though it is found in many regularly consumed foods, zinc deficiency is common due to body functions that interfere with its absorption such as:

  • zinc loss through perspiration;
  • diarrhea;
  • kidney disease; and,
  • the binding of zinc with phytates from consumed legumes and grains, which makes the zinc unabsorbable.

Because zinc binds with certain foods, it is often recommended that at least some of your daily zinc supplements be taken in the evening (about two hours away from dinner) or at bedtime. 

Zinc deficiency can result in loss of taste and/or smell, delayed sexual maturation and a depressed immune response.  The DRIs for zinc are 8-11 mg/day.

Other trace metals that may prove essential in tiny amounts include boron, vanadium, nickel and cobalt however, the science is not currently evidentiary.


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For Summer Dessert – Fresh Fruit Lime Salad

There is no better way to beat the summertime heat than with fresh fruit.  It is sweet and refreshing, and can be added to the side of almost any dish.  Try out this great fresh fruit lime salad at your next event – it’ll be sure to satisfy!

Fresh Fruit Lime Salad

2 Cups Blueberries

2 Cups Green Grapes

2 Cups sliced ripe strawberries

2 Tablespoons of raw honey (or less if you wish)

Juice of one lime

Zest of half a lime


Mix all together and enjoy!!! Refrigerate any leftovers!!

So fresh and colorful at any event!!

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How to Find a New Doctor – Some Helpful Hints

Your insurance has changed or maybe you have been given a diagnosis that requires a specialist to treat you. You are looking for a new doctor and don’t really know where to start. The following information might be helpful as you begin your search for a new physician.

  • Ask your friends, family or your current doctor (if you are looking for a specialist) who they use and if they are happy. It is always reassuring to receive a name from someone you know and trust.
  • Read the reviews online for your doctor. Not only check out the number of stars they are given, but read the reviews to see if this would be a person you want to work with long-term. Do they listen carefully to your concerns? Are they easy to talk to? Do they explain things fully to you, so you understand the issues and options? How much time do they spend with their patients? How long does it take to get an appointment? Are they willing to call or email you with results? 
  • Check out where they went to college and any specialized training they may have. A doctor’s profile should include where they went to medical school and which hospital attended for their internship/residency . The magazine US World and News Report does an issue each year ranking the best hospitals in the United States. It’s worth a look to see if your prospective physician did their under graduate work at one of these hospitals.
  • If this is a concern for you, do they incorporate alternative modes of care with Western Medicine? Are they supportive of supplements, acupuncture and other modalities of care? Do you see them each visit or do you see a nurse practitioner after the initial consult? 
  • There are professional groups who review physicians. Check with them. At minimum Google your doctor. In this day and age, a lot can be learned from this easy source of information.  Call the Medical Board to see if any complaints or legal actions have been filed against them.
  • Check to see if the doctor accepts your insurance and if they are in the network. A quick call can save you a lot of money if the answer is no to either of the above. If you are on Medicare, and need an injection, make sure the provider’s office will bill both part D and Part B of Medicare. The trend these days is to have your injections done at the pharmacy, but are you OK with that? 
  • How does it feel when you walk into the office? A lot can be learned by how you feel about the people up front. Do they have a lab on site? Can they do X-rays? It all depends on what your needs are. 
  • If you rely on public transportation, are there offices on a bus line or within walking distance. Do they validate parking if you are driving?

These are just guidelines to use in your search. Sometimes it all comes down to how your gut feels about the person. Good luck with your search.

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