Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wellness Wednesday! No Fish? No Problem
I found this informative article in Parenting magazine, August 2010 issue.
No Fish? No Problem
DHA is good for a kid's developing eyes, brain, and nervous system. but besides salmon, this miracle nutrient is tough to get. Some more DHA-liciuos options:
Sow some seeds. Chia (yep, of Chia Pet notoriety) is a mild-tasting wonder seed packed with ALA (an omega-3 fatty acid that converts to DHA in the body), plus fiber, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants. Los Angeles dietitian Ashley Koff, R.D., suggests sprinkling raw chia seeds on cereal, yogurt, and soup, or adding them to baked goods. Just one tablespoon of the stuff a day is a great source of omega-3's! Look for chia under the brand name: Salba (at Salba.com or in Whole Foods stores). Flaxseed is a similar product that's high in omega-3 fatty acids (and if you use the oil, it's super easy to disguise in kids' food!).
Try fortified foods. Many store- and name-brand eggs and mil have been enriched with DHA. Some cookies also have added DHA--a health boost for an occasional treat!
Supplement. They may not be as helpful as DHA in food, but if your child won't try any of these other things, talk with your doctor about whether he needs a supplement. Koff likes Dr. Greene Omega-3 softgels with DHA, and Dr. Sears Family Essentials Omega-3 DHA Soft Chews.