Chia seeds are a great source of fiber – added fiber helps kids move along their digestion, full of anti-oxidants – you can never get enough, they are rich in Omega 3’s – most americans do not eat enough natural foods (chia seeds have 6.7 g Omega 3’s/ounce vs. 2.2 g Omega 3’s/4 ounces of wild salmon) with Omega 3’s which help boost memory, fight inflammation, regulate the insulin response and help lower cholesterol. Chia seeds have 3 times more iron than spinach, 5 times more calcium than milk, 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, all in those little precious seeds!
Here is a sneaky way I add nutrition to my kids lunch (pb&j’s is their usual request) with chia seeds.
Not only do I add less strawberry spread (means less added sugars) to the sandwich but I also added fresh sliced strawberries (high in antioxidants). Here is how I one-upped (not sure that’s a word) myself and it was so simple I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.
SNEAKY MOM HEALTH TIP:
Start by adding 1 heaping tablespoon per 9 oz of fruit spread. You may need to take a couple tablespoons of the spread out of the jar so you have enough room to mix in the chia seeds. Then just swirl away!
If you or your child is new to chia seeds, you want to add it into their diet slowly. Too much too soon may cause digestive discomfort.
Strawberry spread is great because you can tell them the seeds they see or feel in their mouth are the strawberry seeds – which is true!