Thursday, February 16, 2012
I starting adding this to Ava and Aidans breakfast a while ago because it is a great way of getting Omega 3's into their diet without them complaining too much. I use it in smoothies, to top their cereal such as oatmeal or quinoa porridge and I have also sprinkled it on top of pancakes, added it to cookies and it's fantastic on top of salad. I always find ways to sneak in a little more nutrition.
Basically I take chia, flax seeds, raw pumpkin seeds and goji berries and blend them into a powder. I have added nuts before such as macadamia or cashews and hemp seeds are another great addition. Anything will work. I add 1/2 cup of each sometimes more or less and blend everything in a food processor. I store the "booster" mix in a jar in the fridge so it is always ready when I need to add it to things.
Most kids do not love nuts and seeds in their food but this is a great way to disguise it. You can even call it "Pixie Powder" like I used to do with Ava. She has since caught on to what is in it so the name no longer works; she calls me out on it.
Chia is an excellent source of fiber, Omega 3 and contains various antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of many vitamins and minerals such as zinc, magnesium and manganese. Plus, pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan which has been shown to help with depression. I cannot say enough good things about incorporating these into your diet. Gogi berries are a loaded with vitamin C and are on the top 10 list for super foods in the world.