A Healthy Snack for the Whole Family

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food,Health

I love Costco for a few reasons, but the biggest one is their samples. Our Costco doesn’t have a ton of samples, but the ones they do have are really yummy. If you go at the right time you don’t have to make yourself lunch at home!

milled flax seed

Last time we were there they were doing yogurt with milled flax seed. I’ve tried a few different recipes that call for milled flax seed, and I usually throw it in my banana bread batter just to get the additional healthy fats, protein, and iron, but I never thought about putting it in yogurt!

Yogurt is one of the few foods that Joel will consistently eat, and I got a little sample cup for him at Costco, which he devoured. Yogurt is pretty healthy since it provides 8 oz. of dairy (and babies are supposed to have 20 oz. per day) and lots of protein. I could do without the sugar, but overall I feel good about giving yogurt to Joel. Adding the milled flax seed makes that little snack highly nutritious and delicious!

The great thing about milled flax seed is that it doesn’t really have a taste, so you can easily sneak it into things without your child knowing. It does add a different texture, but I think most babies don’t mind texture – they eat wood, rocks, and other non-food items, so a little lumpyness in their yogurt ain’t no thang.

You could put the milled flax seed in yogurt, applesauce, any pureed fruit or vegetables, macaroni and cheese, banana bread/other sweet breads, muffins, etc. Because it doesn’t have a distinct taste, you really can put it in anything. And it’s great not just for baby, but for the whole family!

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1 jenny July 10, 2008 at 6:08 am

When my son was little(er) I subbed flax in most recipes that called for oil or butter and it worked well, especially in muffins and breads. : )

Now I’m in the mood to go to Costco and eat some samples!

2 Michelle July 10, 2008 at 1:41 pm

I use it in on cereal, in smoothies and my yoghurt -it’s a great health boost!

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