Every parent wants their children to be healthy. After all, the healthier they are as children, the more likely they are to grow up to be strong and have a long life. Unfortunately, when it comes to food, kids are more interested in eating what tastes good, rather than what will keep them healthy when they are really old, like 35 or 40. Fighting with children to eat correctly can become tiring, so a helpful trick many parents employ is to quietly incorporate healthy ingredients into everyday meals. Organic chia seeds are an ingredient every parent should choose. Here are the reasons why, and a few ideas for making them a part of a child’s diet.
The Health Benefits
Until recently many people may have only know chia as the quick-growing plants that are advertised as Christmas presents every year. Chia seeds have been eaten for thousands of years. They are nutrient-packed and naturally low in calories. Each seed contains
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
Not bad for a tiny little seed that can also make a ceramic head look like it is growing green hair.
How to use Chia Seeds
There are endless recipes and ideas for adding chia seeds into any diet. If the mission is to sneak them into meals to avoid having a fussy eater turn up his or her nose, here are some ideas. Tip: Use milled (ground) seeds to make them easier to hide.
- Add to cereal and mix in well.
- Start early by adding the ground seeds to baby food.
- Add to beaten eggs and make omelets or scrambled eggs.
- Toss a few tablespoons into soup broth.
- Mix with a meatloaf mixture before baking.
- Add the seeds to yogurt along with oats, raisins and nuts. Most kids will never notice the small extra seeds.
- Bake them into breads, muffins and cupcakes.
- Mix chia with sunflower seeds and put in a small dish. Make a dip from yogurt and honey. Have children dip carrots and unsalted pretzels into the honey/yogurt mixture and then the seeds.
It is important to remember that it is not just the seeds that can be consumed. The sprouts themselves are also edible, and can be included in sandwiches and salads. Since most young children are even less likely to want to eat salad, this may not be the best solution for everyone. Still, those kids who do enjoy salad, especially if they are willing to eat vegetables like lettuce or baby spinach, may be unconcerned with a few extra greens.