When you have kids that are picky eaters, it’s tough enough to get them to eat the basic four food groups. So to add in the extras that they also really need, like Omega-3 fatty acids, sometimes you have to get a little sneaky.
Omega-3s support brain, eye and heart health, and the average American is getting only a very small percentage of the recommended 160 mg/day intake. Most children get even less.
One of the best sources of DHA is fatty fish (salmon, trout, sardines, etc.). Unfortunately our kids’ picky palates just aren’t there yet. So we’ve been focusing mainly on ALA (found in flax seed, walnuts and soybeans), which helps support overall Omega-3 status.
Flax seed has been a great way for us to fortify the kids’ diet. Since it can be added pretty seamlessly to different dishes and baked goods, the kids haven’t even noticed. Here’s one of our favorite kid-friendly Omega-3 recipes:
Pancakes with flax seed
1 1/2 cups pancake mix
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 cup milk
You can also add any extras into the batter or on top of your finished pancakes: blueberries, walnuts (extra Omega-3s!), strawberries or raspberries.
Want to make it even more kid-friendly? We usually use cookie cutters to cut their pancakes into fun shapes before we serve them to the kids.
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DHA belongs to a category of healthy fatty acids known as Omega-3′s. DHA is a major structural fat in the body, and has been shown to support brain, heart and eye health. Not only is DHA found in foods like salmon and eggs, but it can also be found in Horizon® Organic Milk enhanced with DHA Omega-3. Learn more about Horizon’s commitment to healthy families at http://www.horizondairy.com/everyday-nutrition/dha-omega-3/
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand.