October 11, 2011

Improved Heath Can Be As Easy as 1, 2, Omega-3

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Shortly after BabyGirl was born, I started learning more about child-brain development and eye health. Mama-San (my MIL) was having a few vision problems and eventually was diagnosed with macular degeneration. In doing research I happened across information about the importance of Omega-3s, specifically DHA.

Omega-3’s are a group of essential fatty acids“good fats”. There are 3 types of omega-3’s: ALA, EPA and DHA. DHA is considered to be one of the most important of the Omega-3’s because it is the most significant structural fat for brain and eye health.

major structural fat in the brain and eyes, accounting for up to 97% of the omega-3 fats in the brain and
up to 93% of the omega-3 fats in the retina.1 Scientists agree that DHA consumed in the diet can become
available to support brain, eye and heart health.
3’s: ALA, EPA and DHA. DHA is considered to be one of the most important of the Omega-3’s. It is a
major structural fat in the brain and eyes, accounting for up to 97% of the omega-3 fats in the brain and
up to 93% of the omega-3 fats in the retina.1 Scientists agree that DHA consumed in the diet can become
available to support brain, eye and heart health.

Fortunately, as an infant who nursed, BabyGirl was getting sufficient amounts needed for her development because DHA is naturally occurring in breast milk. I took an Omega-3 Supplement not only for me but also to boost it for her. And I tried to eat foods that were rich in Omega-3’s such as spinach, basil, cauliflower and beans.

Research indicates, though, that as kids get older they don’t get enough Omega-3’s, especially DHA. A few foods have come on the market that are DHA-fortified, which helps parents ensure their kids are getting the nutrients needed to help them learn and grown. But we all know that getting our kids to eat these ‘healthy’ foods is often a challenge. And when the fortified food isn’t the same taste or texture as the regular, it’s hard not to blame them.

As a Horizon Healthy Families community leader I was asked to share an Omega-3 rich recipe that my has enjoyed. The easy thing to do would be one of my delicious and easy broiled salmon recipes, but I figured that’s too easy. And, well, how many kids really want to eat broiled salmon?

Delicious Broccoli Soup

2 tsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cubed
4 cups fresh broccoli, including stems, chopped
2 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
2 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper

In a heavy-bottomed stock pot or dutch oven, heat oil on medium.

Sauté onions and celery until translucent and soft.

Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, making sure not to burn.

Add potato and broccoli, stir. Add broth, milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and allow to simmer for aprox. 20 min, until the broccoli and potatoes are tender.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Use an immersion blender to puree and smooth the soup to your desired texture. Add add’l salt and pepper to suit your taste. If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer to blender in 2-3 batches and blend until smooth. Be careful because hot foods in blenders can expand quickly.

If using a blender, return to stock pot and heat before serving.

Garnish with sour cream or plain yogurt, if desired.

NOTE:You can use Horizon DHA-fortified milk to increase the amount of DHA in this recipe.

Options: This is where the fun comes in! If you want to make it spicy you can add cayenne or Tabasco. Give it an Indian twist, with some curry. Add a little sweetness by adding a small granny smith apple, cubed and sauteed with the onions, celery and garlic.

As the weather cools, this soup makes a great lunch, snack or addition to dinner. It’s tasty and kids really do love it because it’s creamy and has a little sweetness.

Helping our kids get sufficient Omega-3’s, especially DHA, is important for their eye, brain and heart health. Inadequate levels of Omega-3s have been linked to ADHA, Alzheimers and inflammation-related illnesses.

Share how you sneak Omega-3’s into your family’s diet for a chance to win a $500 Grocery Shopping Spree!

DHA belongs to a category of healthy fatty acids known as Omega-3’s. DHA is a major structural fat in the body, and has been shown to support brain, heart and eye health. Not only is DHA found in foods like salmon and eggs, but it can also be found in Horizon® Organic Milk enhanced with DHA Omega-3. Learn more about Horizon’s commitment to healthy families at http://www.horizondairy.com/everyday-nutrition/dha-omega-3/

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon.  The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand.

image credit: Sebastian Mary

Sara

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Grady Pruitt October 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

Sounds delicious! Might have to try this soon, though I’m not sure how many others in my house are going to like it. 😀

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