Sneak flaxseed to your kidsPosted on Sep 14th 2007 10:30AM by Bev Sklar
In this age of processed food, it can be difficult to inspire kids to consume enough fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. One good way is to keep a fresh supply of ground flaxseed in the fridge. Health guru Dr. Andrew Weil says ground flaxseed is a good fiber source, rich in cancer-preventing lignans and provides alpha-linolenic acid, which ultimately converts into omega-3 fatty acids. FYI, an even better omega-3 source is fish oil. Don't miss his flaxseeds tips for kids.
Bake a fistful in muffins, stir a bit into yogurt, sprinkle it on top of pancakes and whirl some into a fresh fruit and yogurt smoothie. Toddlers need no more than a teaspoon per day. Parents can keep mum or come clean on the secret add-in. I've found an appealing label such as 'nummy nutties' is effective for the kindergarten and under set.
If you buy whole flaxseed, grind it up in a coffee grinder or blender. But DO NOT forget to put the lid on the blender. I made that mistake once and found flaxseeds in kitchen crevices for months. We refer to it as The Flaxseed Incident.