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Small Steps to a Happy and Healthy 2012

on December 26, 2011

Now that we are approaching the New Year, it’s time to start thinking about resolutions, and surprisingly, it doesn’t take too much effort to make changes that matter. Just a few small changes can make significant difference in our happiness and well being.  This week, we’ll focus on the little changes you can make to your child’s diet in order to improve the nutritional value in the foods they love to eat.

As my  kids approach their 2nd birthday, it has become much more difficult to control what they eat and how much of it, so one way that I try to ensure that they are getting the maximum nutrition in every bite is by adding natural supplements to their food.

Many of us have heard of flax seed, but how often do we actually use it?  Considering the nutritional value in just a teaspoon or two, we should all use it daily.  Flax seed plant is considered one of the healthiest plant foods on the plant.  While it contains several nutrients, the main three are:

1. Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are excellent for your heart, but also crucial in the development of one’s brain, eyes and nervous system, which is why it so beneficial for children.

2. Lignans, are a powerful anti-oxtidant that can boost immunity.

3.  Fiber, which most children lack in their diet.  Just one tablespoon contains 2 grams.

Flax seed is flavorless and easy to add to almost anything undetected.  One key to using flaxseed is making sure it is ground, you can either purchase it already ground and keep it refrigerated or grind it yourself  in a coffee grinder.  I add 1-2 teaspoons of flaxseed to my children’s oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, soups, stews, mashed potatoes, pasta, sprinkled on peanut butter over toast, practically anything. I also add flaxseed to most of my baked goods, cakes, cookies, muffins, brownies, etc.

One small step to Healthy and Happy 2012!

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2 responses to “Small Steps to a Happy and Healthy 2012

  1. What are your thoughts on flax as a possible cause of estrogen production?

    • mysuperfoods says:

      Thanks for your question Jennifer! While we’re not doctors or nutritionists, just two moms who want the best for our families, the research I have read surrounding flaxseed and estrogen production seems inconclusive. One particular study compared estrogen production caused by soy versus flax, and found that those who use flax produced more estrogen, but the study did not find an increase in disease. That said, if I had a family history of estrogen related cancers or illness, I would probably use it in moderation or find a similar product to use in its place. For those that are concerned, please check with your doctor. – Silvia

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