Back-to-School Requires That You Think About the Treats!

By Sonnie Sei
Staff Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.


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 may not be 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 (Makes 12 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 recommended serving per muffin (varies by child) of Calcium 200 mg – Bio-Max Series – Hypoallergenic(capsule opened and contents emptied – mixed into each muffin or mixed well into main batter )

·      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 prepared 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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Supplements to Support Your Student’s Brainpower


By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.








The luxury of summer fun will soon give way to the more rigid demands of schoolwork when kids head back-to-school. Nutritional supplements that support brain health can help your child’s ability to meet the challenges of learning. Certain supplements can improve focus, attention, memory, and even assuage classroom anxiety. Consider these six supplements to boost your scholar’s brainpower.

Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) (#0528-090)

ALCAR is a powerful amino acid that can increase both mental and physical energy.  This nutrient offers significant antioxidant activity to protect the brain from free radical damage and also promotes the production of glutathione. ALCAR is a precursor of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter of memory and learning.

Studies have shown that ALCAR can increase insulin sensitivity of brain cells to help them utilize blood glucose, the brain’s main fuel source. ALCAR is often used as a brain booster, due to its ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity while providing support for the neurons.

(May interfere with certain prescription medications so consult your physician before using it). 

L-Theanine (#0515-100)

L-Theanine is an amino acid found in black and green teas.  It raises levels of several key neurotransmitters – serotonin, dopamine and GABA and can promote learning, recall, and positive mood.[1]

Curcumin (#0530-060)

Curcumin, the bioactive compound in the Indian spice, tumeric, has been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits including brain support.  

Curcumin protects the brain by increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin and blood flow to the brain.  Health benefits include improved memory and attention capabilities.

Ginkgo Biloba (#0031-250)

Ginkgo biloba is one of the world’s oldest living tree species that has been used for centuries in the Orient to support good health.

Kirkman® uses a standardized extract from the leaves of ginkgo biloba, which has been assayed and is guaranteed to contain the marker compounds flavonglycosides (24%) and terpene lactones (6%). Studies have shown that these compounds must be present in order for the product to be effective.

Ginkgo biloba increases circulation to the brain, balances brain chemistry, and protects the brain from free radical damage.  

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) (#8833-360)

DHA is the major building block of the cerebral cortex which plays a key role in memory, attention, perception, cognition, thought, language and consciousness.[2]

Kirkman® offers Children’s DHA Strawberry Capsules (8833-360) from Nordic Naturals.

Phosphatidylserine (#3936)

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid naturally found in high concentrations in the brain.  It’s health benefits include boosting memory, cognition, concentration and learning and reducing stress.  This nutrient is a major component of human brain cell membranes that help keep toxins and other unwanted invaders out of the brain. 

Kirkman offers this nutrient in our 60 to 90 line as Memory Boost (3936-030 and 3936-090) but it is also appropriate for all ages.

[1] Nathan, P J, et al. “The Neuropharmacology of L-Theanine(N-Ethyl-L-Glutamine): a Possible Neuroprotective and Cognitive Enhancing Agent.” Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy., U.S. National Library of Medicine,

[2] Kandel, Eric R.; Schwartz, James H.; Jessell, Thomas M. (2000). Principles of Neural Science (Fourth ed.). United State of America: McGraw-Hill. p. 324. ISBN0-8385-7701-6

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Wafer With Xylitol





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Back-to-School Essentials — Ensure Their Good Health with Nutritional Basics

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.

Heading back-to-school is always exciting. For both parents and children, it’s preparing for a new year of possibilities, activities and achievements. You’ve heard the adage, “If we have our health, we have everything,” – that’s also true for kiddos. To optimize their potential, you’ll want to ensure that they have the proper nutrition to stay healthy to meet the challenges of a new school year.

In our modern world of processed food, fertilized produce and handy fast food diners, it’s a good bet that kids don’t get all the nutrients they need. Nutritional supplements can shore up any nutrients your child may lack for good immunity or provide targeted nutrition to enhance even the healthiest diet. Here are the essentials:  

Give your child foundational nutrition with a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Kirkman® offers many options in multi-vitamins and in a variety of forms (liquids, capsules, tablets, chewables and powders). See our entire line of multivitamins on the Kirkman website.


For younger children, who may have trouble swallowing capsules try a chewable. Kids’s love the mango peach flavor of Kirkman’s childrens’ chewables: Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Wafers (#0288-120)Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Wafers with Xylitol (#0379-120) and Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Wafer with 5-MTHF(#0467-120.


Thera Response (#0300-180) has been parents’ favorite pick for teenagers. It’s a very comprehensive formulation with nutrients to help kids through challenging growth years. It also includes a small amount of lithium to support mental health. Other great multi-vitamins for teenagers include Spectrum Complete Capsules – Hypoallergenic (#0462-300),and EveryDay™ Multi-Vitamin Capsules – Hypoallergenic (#0054-125, #0054-250).


For special needs kids Kirkman® developed our proprietary Super Nu-Thera® and Nu-Thera® product lines with the late Dr. Bernard Rimland. Super Nu-Thera® products contain vitamin B-6 and magnesium with higher potencies than in the Nu-Thera® line. Dr. Rimland’s research indicated that some special needs kids were better supported with the particular nutrients that are incorporated in the Super Nu-Thera® and Nu-Thera® lines. This line is extensive so please see the entire lineon Kirkman’s website to make your choice. 

When kiddos rejoin their classmates, they become susceptible to whatever “bug” may be circulating among the herd. Immuno-Aid™ Advanced Formula hypoallergenic capsules (#0426-120)provide broad spectrum immune support with special natural ingredients known to boost immunity. 


Remember that 80% of your child’s immune system resides in his or her gut. Taking a good, daily probiotic that populates the gut with beneficial bacteria ensures added immunity and healthy digestion. Try Kirkman’s proprietary probiotics, Pro-Bio Gold® (#0442-060 and #0442-120) and Super Pro-Bio™ 75 Billion – Bio-Max Series – Hypoallergenic (#0345-060)


Kirkman® offers an extensive line of immune support products for different types of immunity needs. See our full line of immune support products and probiotic products on Kirkman’s website.  


Calcium usually gets credit for strengthening bones and teeth but it needs magnesium and vitamin D to be most effective. Magnesium controls the transport of calcium across cell membranes. Magnesium also remains in the bones to give them strength. Kirkman® offers a wide variety of calcium and magnesium supplements in various forms including capsules, tablets, liquids, chewables and powders. See Kirkman’s full line of calcium and magnesium supplements on Kirkman’s website. It includes: 






Vitamin D is essential for the body’s ability to absorb calcium. A lack of Vitamin D can also cause childhood rickets. This nutrient is important for bone and skeletal health, as well as building strong teeth. Numerous studies have concluded that the problem of low vitamin D levels in both adults and children is widespread. According to some studies, even people who live in sunny climates may not get enough vitamin D.

In November 2010, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) expert committee set a new “dietary reference intake” for vitamin D as follows:

Infants age 0 to 6 months: adequate intake, 400 IU/day; maximum safe upper level of intake**, 1,000 IU/day Infants age 6 to 12 months: adequate intake, 400 IU/day; maximum safe upper level of intake**, 1,500 IU/day Age 1-3 years: adequate intake, 600 IU/day; maximum safe upper level of intake**, 2,500 IU/day Age 4-8 years: adequate intake, 600 IU/day; maximum safe upper level of intake**, 3,000 IU/day Age 9-70: adequate intake, 600 IU/day; maximum safe upper level of intake**, 4,000 IU/day Age 71+ years: adequate intake, 800 IU/day; maximum safe upper level of intake**, 4,000 IU/day

**The IOM’s upper limit is not a recommended intake, but what the IOM considers the highest safe level.

Kirkman® offers vitamin D-3 supplements in strengths of 400 IU (#0378-120), 1,000 IU (#0428-090), 2,000 IU (#0422-120) and 4,000 IU (#0434-120) in hypoallergenic capsules and 1,000 IU chewable tablets (#0428-090).

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Supplements that Can Ease the Effects from Chlorinated Pools

Not many kiddos can resist the allure of a cool, turquoise swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. And even though there’s a cautionary, well-known tale here about the toxic effects of chlorine on the body – swimming in chlorinated pools is still very much a part of many familes’ summer fun.

Chlorine is a strong chemical that reddens eyes and causes allergic reactions in some swimmers. Chlorine absorbs into the skin and can cause life-threatening health issues and even reproductive problems.

Some nutritional supplements are known to mitigate the effects of chlorine. These are:


  • Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate can neutralize chlorine in hair and skin but should be used topically. Also an antioxidant that supports the body’s response to chlorine.
  • Vitamin D and Alpha Lipoic Acid: Antioxidants that help the body deal with effects of chlorine.
  • Taurine: May support detoxification from chlorine.
  • Magnesium Sulfate Cream: Use as a soothing topical cream.
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Use Kirkman’s Supplements For Nutritious Picnic Menus

By Kulani Mahikoa
Vice President, Marketing
Kirkman Group, Inc.

Want to super charge your picnic table with nutrient rich food and drinks? Try adding Kirkman’s supplements to your favorite summer cuisine.  Here are some suggestions:


Protein-Rich Beef Patties

1 lb ground beef

½ cup Kirkman’s Pea Protein

1 egg or egg substitute

½ cup carrots

½ cup onions (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together. 
  2. Form patties and cook on grill or fry in olive oil.

Protein Chips

1 cup plus 1 teaspoon Pea Protein Powder (plus extra for dusting)

3 large eggs or egg substitute

¼ teaspoon olive oil

Hot oil for frying


  1. Mix all ingredients with fork until well blended.
  2. Knead together for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic and allow to sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. 
  4. Remove dough from plastic and roll out very thin.
  5. Cut into desired shapes and sizes.
  6. Fry in hot oil. These will fry very quickly.
  7. Remove from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  8. Season to taste.

Vitamin Enriched Cupcakes

Cupcake mix

Unsweetened Dark Chocolate – 8 oz.

Your favorite Kirkman multivitamin in powder or capsule form

Sweetener (honey, agave, stevia)


  1. Follow the recipe for cupcakes on the cupcake mix box. 
  2. Melt enough unsweetened dark chocolate to frost your cupcakes.
  3. Add honey, agave or stevia to sweeten the chocolate.
  4. Cool chocolate to room temperature.
  5. Choose your favorite Kirkman multivitamin (either powder or capsule).  Add one dose of the multivitamin to 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate.  Frost one cupcake with this mixture.

Probiotic Enriched Smoothies or Juices

You can add your favorite Kirkman probiotic to your favorite summer smoothie or juice.  Just open the probiotic capsule and add to the drink.


Tips for Cooking with nutritional supplements:

Cooking with nutritional supplements has become a new culinary trend with health-conscious chefs.  Here are some guidelines to use when cooking with supplements:

  • Probiotics:  Heat will destroy probiotics; freezing is ok.
  • Protein powders:  Not all protein powders can be heated.  Powders made from pea, soy, whey, egg white and rice protein are generally ok.
  • Antioxidants and water soluble vitaminsThese will vary in their tolerance to heat so it’s best to add them after cooking when food is at room temperature.
  • Multivitamin powders:  Most contain water soluble vitamins so add to room temperature food.  Certain components, such as B vitamins, have a distinct taste that blends best into recipes with strong flavor and lots of spices.
  • Minerals:  Minerals won’t degrade when heated but not all minerals are suitable for cooking.  Calcium is probably the best and most versatile mineral to use in hot, baked or cold foods.
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