Throw out the vitamins, there’s CLSA!

Some of the best ways to add nutrients to your child’s diet is not through over-the-counter children’s vitamins but through food!  It’s also a nutritious way to add energy to your child’s day, particularly when you have an energetic one.



Have you heard of chia seeds?

Chia contains:

–          500% more calcium than whole milk

–          500% more protein than red kidney beans

–          200% more iron than spinach

–          600% more Omega 3 than Atlantic salmon

–          100% more dietary fibre than bran flakes

–          More antioxidants than blueberries, the list goes on..!

Linseed (also known as flaxseed)

– one of the most potent sources of Omega 3 oils – healthy brain, heart, joints, immune system

– improves dry skin, hair, nails

– helps asthma and allergies

– increases energy

Sunflower seeds

– good source of magnesium

– contain phytosterols – enhance immune response

– contain vitamin E, an excellent antioxidant


LSA contains linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds and can be bought pre-grinded at supermarkets or health food shops.  But you can make your own, which is cheaper and fresher!  It is easy to either grind in a chopper, mortar and pestle or any appliance that will just break the seeds up roughly or smoothly.  This helps to release the nutrients.  You just need to add equal quantities to suit whatever size container you will put it in.  30g each at a time makes a decent amount.  By adding chia, you can make CLSA with far more nutrients again.  If your blender doesn’t crush the chia, don’t worry as this one doesn’t actually need to be crushed to release the nutrients.

Then store the mixture in a container in the freezer (or it will go rancid fairly quickly).  It lasts on and on as you really only need a spoonful here and a spoonful there.  Try a teaspoon at first until you see how much you like to serve at a time 🙂

Some uses for CLSA:

– a spoonful on yours and the kids’ cereal

– in a smoothie

– in any baking

– in soups

– even on yoghurt or icecream – especially if you just give it a brief grind so it is still crunchy!

Just add chia, linseed, sunflowers and almonds to your shopping list  🙂

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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