Here are some quick notes about the tactics I've tried and what has worked, and the effects I've seen.
Here is a quick list of tactics I use. The success varies by kid, by timing and by some other random factor that I have yet to figure out.
1. Super French Toast - I separate the egg yolks (typically anywhere from 4 to 8 egg yolks) - mix them up in a small frying pan with some milk and cinnamon, add a piece of bread and then scoop up the egg yolks that are on the side of the bread and pile it up on top of the bread. As the egg starts to cook, this becomes easy - and then as the first side is done, you flip the bread over and let it cook a little longer. I also sometimes (in the fewer egg combinations) add Soy Lecithin to the mix - by mixing it in the egg yolks prior to adding the bread - then cooking as normal. I don't believe that the soy lecithin bioavailability (or choline bioavailability) is impacted by moderate heat exposure - but if someone knows better, please let me know. I typically offer this French Toast once or twice a week to the kids - and its perhaps their favorite.
2. Choline Super Smoothies - here I make a regular smoothie (i.e. blended fruit drink) - in my case this frequently contains blueberries, Kale, and other frozen fruit along with some orange juice and cut up fruit - e.g. apples, etc. Then I add soy lecithin granules - at a level where the kids get about 1 gram or so each of choline in their cup. The kids love this, typically. The only issue has been that my son - after drinking one of these in the morning - will be full of energy and alert all day until late in the evening. For less of this issue - I recommend less Lecithin/choline.
3. Peanut Butter and Toast with Soy Lecithin Granules - cook toast as normal, add a thin layer of peanut butter to the toast, sprinkle about a table spoon of soy lecithin granules on the toast, then apply a new thicker layer of peanut butter overtop the granules and mix them in with the peanut butter as you spread it. My kids love peanut butter - so this is a big winner.
4. Spaghetti sauce with Choline / Soy Lecithin mixed in - here I add it to the sauce, and then sprinkle lots of Parmesan cheese ontop - generally this works well, unless you've added too much Lecithin - in which case the kids will not eat it.
Anyway - thats it for the quick tips. Lately I've backed off with our second child who is 19 months because what we seem to see is that when he gets the choline, he sleeps less well (which historially hasn't been a big deal) but now when he doesn't sleep well, he is much more irritable - and we don't feel that is good. From age 6 months to about 15 months we saw the same sleep reduction effect with higher choline intake, but with no impact on mood. Right now we're seeing the mood change which seems to be tied to the lower levels of sleep, so I'm not working on trying to encourage our second child to take any extra choline (other than what she gets via eggs, etc. in the regular diet).
Anyway, would love to hear what works for you,
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