Given the typical American diet, I am very concerned about the healthy heart nutrition lessons we're teaching our children. The high levels of salt, trans-fats, and calories in fast food can cause serious harm to the heart and the rest of the body. But the reality of life is that, on any given day one-quarter of North Americans will eat a fast food meal…many of whom are children.
What's the Best Way to Introduce Kids to Healthy Heart Nutrition?
One of the best ways to encourage your children and grandchildren to eat healthier is by making smoothies. Let your kids add the ingredients themselves. This particular recipe is packed with omega-3s for brain health, antioxidants for a healthy immune system, and fiber to keep them full until lunch.
Plus, while you’re at it why not make one for yourself? The same omega-3s, antioxidants, and fiber also help to control high blood pressure levels and maintain good cholesterol levels.
Heart Smart Smoothie
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseeds, ground
- ½ cup fresh fruit—blueberries, a peach, kiwi, banana, or whatever you like (choose organic)
- 8 oz. organic rice milk, organic whole milk, organic yogurt, or unsweetened juice (you can also use water or a combination)
- 1 serving size (follow product directions) of whey protein powder
Put ingredients into a blender and whir. If you want a cold, shake-like taste experience, add ice or use frozen juice cubes. Fresh and organic is best, but when neither organic nor fresh fruits are in season you can use frozen fruits. Depending on how you make it, this smoothie can come out so thick that you'll need a spoon. Or, you can add more liquid. (Makes one serving)
Now it's your turn: How do you encourage your kids to eat heart-healthy foods?