Most of us know the benefits of Omega-3 and DHA but have you ever tried to get your child to eat foods that are enriched with the beneficial nutrient? Not many kids ask for flaxseed, fish, and soybeans. So how do you sneak Omega-3 and DHA into your child’s diet?
When looking for healthy alternatives to revamp my way of eating one thing that I came upon was the 1 minute muffin. The name of it is very attention grabbing don’t you think? It turns out that not only did I enjoy the muffin but so did my daughter. I found the original recipe at www.lowcarbfriends.comhowever I revamped it a little to meet my child’s needs (one of the ingredients is Splenda but I prefer not to give my children the artificial sweeteners)
One Minute Muffin
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon butter
From here you can do quite a few different things. Sometimes I will switch out the butter for peanut butter, or the cinnamon with cocoa. You can make the muffin your own by changing the flavor.
All you do is mix the ingredients in a large coffee mug and microwave for one minute.
You may be asking yourself why would I want to include Omega-3 and DHA in my child’s diet.
While all Omega-3’s are important, research tells us that DHA may offer the greatest number of distinct health benefits. It has been widely studied for its impact on brain and visual functioning and its role in supporting heart health.How much DHA is recommended?
- DHA is found primarily in fatty fish, and many Americans, especially kids, don’t get enough of these foods to get the recommended amount of DHA in their diets.
- 160 mg of DHA a day is recommended by leading health authorities for the general population.However, the average American consumes only 60-80 mg per day.
- Children often have even lower intake – children ages 1-6 years old were shown to have an average DHA intake of 20 mg/day.
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