I love this article – and actually the whole website http://www.raisehealthyeaters.com. I know when I have kept food records on my family (does that make me a nutrition geek?) we have found that we can be low in vitamin E and iron as well. We tend to take a multivitamin a couple times a week as well, especially if life gets crazy and our veggie or meat intake is lower than usual.
Some habits we have found useful:
– switch to almond butter instead of peanut butter to increase vitamin E.
– add wheat germ or ground flaxseed to sandwiches, oatmeal, waffles, or any other food that allows for a sneaky addition.
– don’t mix milk and meals. I know, many moms have insisted on a cup of milk with every meal for years, but milk and the calcium in it inhibit the absorption of iron. As a rule of thumb, we have milk with breakfast, morning snack, and afternoon snack; lunch and dinner I focus on iron.
– sunshine time for vitamin D! My kids eat better, sleep better, and are generally happier when we get a little sunshine time. that may be an couple hours at the pool or a 15 minute stop at the playground on the way home from the grocery store.