This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that there is a lot of hype about a DHA. When I was pregnant with my oldest, I had to have a prescription to get DHA prenatal capsules, but now, it’s readily found over the counter in various forms. In fact, it’s being added to everything from baby formula to specially-enriched eggs. Over the last ten years, there’s been a veritable boom in DHA-enriched products on the market, mostly targeted at infants. Did you know that DHA has benefits for your children beyond their baby years?
What Is DHA Milk?
First of all, what is DHA? DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid. It’s an Omega-3 fatty acid that is believed to play a role in neurological health, and occurs naturally in foods like breast milk, cold-water fish (such as salmon and mackerel), eggs, and even some types of algae (So you vegans don’t have to be left off of the DHA train! Whoop! Whoop!). In addition, DHA may also offer support for your eyes and brain. With all of these potential benefits, it’s something you definitely want to consider adding to your family’s diet.
Why We Like Horizon DHA Milk
Unfortunately, most kids are a bit picky, and many of the foods that contain high amounts of DHA aren’t exactly on their list of favorite edibles (I don’t care how hard you try, anchovy-algae mac’n’cheese isn’t going to go over well.). This is where Horizon Organic Milk with DHA Omega-3 comes in. Dairy is an excellent carrier for DHA, namely because most children consume it in one form or another. Getting your child 32 mg of DHA could be as simple as whipping up a dish of chocolate pudding made with a serving of Horizon DHA milk. You can also heat the nutrient without destroying it, which means that you can add it to your baked goods and sauces.
Why My Kids Drink DHA Milk
Gus is a big milk drinker and I’ve purchased Horizon Organic Milk with DHA Omega-3 for him since he was a toddler. Horizon is a dedicated, Certified Organic company that uses over 40 different organic processing facilities. Each facility is strictly controlled to make sure that every step of production- from breeding their own cows to packaging the final product- is done as responsibly as possible.
This means that I know that Horizon’s milk is of the highest quality, because:
- It is produced without using GMOs, sewage sludge, irradiation, synthetic fertilizers, or toxic, persistent pesticides. Even the cows eat
- It comes only from cows that have never been given growth hormones or antibiotics.
- Horizon adheres to strict quality control and safety standards
Some people avoid DHA supplements because they assume they’ll have a fishy flavor or unpleasant side effects, like heartburn and gas. In fact, it’s the single biggest reason that people avoid them, even when they’re recommended by a doctor. But the DHA in Horizon Organic DHA Omega-3 milk is sourced from algae. It doesn’t taste like fish, because there’s no fish in it. My kids think it tastes great, and it has a rich, creamy texture just like good milk should.
Another benefit of using algae is that Horizon’s DHA milk is 100% vegetarian. All of my animal-loving friends can enjoy both peace-of-mind and homemade queso (In fact, cow-lovers can rejoice, because all of Horizon’s farms are about as cow-friendly as they come. Check out the farm FAQs on the Horizon Organic website. It’s practically a cow commune over there!).
I also like Horizon, because it’s such a readily-available brand. Even in our rural town I have no trouble finding our preferred Horizon Organic Milk with DHA Omega-3. This also means that I can find it even when we’re traveling (and you all know we travel a lot!). In fact, they even have shelf-stable, single serving packages that are excellent for camping, long car trips, and school lunch.
When it comes right down to it, parenting can be hard, especially when it comes to nutrition. I’m so glad that I have products like Horizon Organic Milk with DHA Omega-3 available to me. They make it easier and more convenient to make sure that my family is getting the essential nutrients that they need, which means less stress for me!