For moms of a certain age, the word chia invokes images of potted sprouts shaped like pets. But spend a few minutes in a health food store, and you'll quickly learn that chia seeds do more than grow fuzzy green plants — they help grow healthy kids, too. An ancient Aztec staple, the chia seed is a complete protein, higher in omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed, meaning they'll boost your kids' energy and help stimulate brain growth with little more than a sprinkle added to tots' favorite foods.
That said, we know kids balk at the idea of eating something new or different from their usual fare — not to mention something that looks like a bird seed — so we've rounded up eight tot-friendly recipes that sneak chia into some of their favorite foods. They'll never know it's in there!