DHA and Omega 3’s are an important part of a developing child’s diet. They support brain, eye and heart health, and are found primarily in fish. Since children often don’t like to eat fish, it can be hard to make sure they get enough DHA in their diets.

Fish oil is high in DHA because fish feed on marine algae. Horizon Organic® has created a milk that has added DHA that is still vegetarian because it goes right to the source for the DHA: marine algae. Horizon Organic® is the only nationally branded organic milk with a plant-based, sustainable source of DHA Omega-3.

I give my kids Omega 3 supplements, because I believe that it is very important to their health. However, it is recommended that we consume 160 mg of DHA every day, and they are not getting enough with their supplements. With Horizon milk plus DHA Omega 3, I can feel comfortable knowing that they are getting the added DHA they need, without fighting with them to eat fish!

My kids can be really picky about what they eat, so I try to make their favourite foods contain more of the things that I feel are important, like DHA. Here is a recipe that I often make in my home.

Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups uncooked elbow pasta
  • 2.5 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Horizon whole milk with DHA
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • crumbled bacon

I keep tomatoes from my garden in my freezer for cooking with, because when I defrost them the skin pulls right off and they basically disintegrate in whatever I am cooking. If you do not have this option, puree your tomatoes.

Set your oven to 350 F. Boil water and cook the elbow pasta. In a non stick pot, mix the milk, cream cheese, 1/2 of the grated cheese, the dijon mustard and the pureed tomatoes. Add the salt and pepper. Once the cheese is melted, add your corn starch to some cold water, mix it and then add it to the cheese mixture. Stir until it thickens.

Put your cooked elbow noodles in a casserole dish, and stir the sour cream and the remaining grated cheese in with the noodles. Pour the cheese mixture over the noodles. Do not stir.

Sprinkle the bread crumbs and bacon on top of the casserole and bake it for one hour.

It’s ready to eat and save for leftover too! This serves 8 people, and if you want to add a little something to it, you can include chopped ham or broccoli in the casserole.

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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.

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