Omega-3 fatty acids are essential, healthy fats you need in your diet every day. This is one nutrient that doctors and researchers agree on – omega-3 is one of the most essential nutrients people require daily. It benefits your heart, regulates cholesterol, and has even been proven to affect a child’s learning behaviour.
Omega-3s are found in fish, vegetable oils, nuts, flaxseed and leafy vegetables. Chances are, if you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, you’re getting healthy essential fats. But if you’re not eating fish or your daily nutrition is a bit (or a lot) off track, you might have difficulty getting your daily quota. Adding a spoonful of an omega-3 supplement each day is a guarantee to meet that daily requirement.
Beyond a spoonful (or a smoothie)
We challenged our Botanica chef to share some creative options for adding omega-3s to any of your daily meals with Omegalicious. We’ve incorporated it into a collection of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.
Omega-3 Rich Breakfast Ideas
Morning Glory Oats
1/3 cup (75 mL) large flake, old-fashioned rolled oats
PreparationCombine oats, walnuts, raisins, coconut and cinnamon in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Stir to blend. Combine almond milk and Omegalicious and stir to blend. Add to oats, tightly seal and shake to blend. Refrigerate overnight. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Eat cold or warmed up in a small saucepan. Double or triple up batches, if you wish.
Cherry Chia Jam and Waffles
Cherry Omega Chia Jam
2 cups (500 mL) fresh or frozen pitted cherries, halved
PreparationCombine cherries and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes or until cherries are softened. Gently mash with a fork. Stir in chia seeds and cook until mixture is thickened as you like, about 10 minutes. Stir often. Remove from heat and set aside to slightly cool. Stir in Omegalicious oil. Can be stored in airtight container in rthe efrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
PreparationCombine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to blend. Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk together to blend. Fold into dry ingredients. Mixture doesn’t have to be smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes while waffle iron is preheating. Grease waffle iron. Give batter a quick stir then pour enough onto waffle iron to evenly cover. Close lid and cook until golden. Remove and repeat until all the batter is cooked. Keep waffles in a warm oven until ready to serve. Serve waffles warm with Cherry Chia Jam and dollops of yogurt.
Omega-3 Lunch or Dinner Idea
Thai Chicken and Mango Salad
Take your Thai salad to new heights with a hit of Omegalicious Peach Mango dressing. It packs flavour and nutrition into a delightful Thai dish.
PreparationCombine dressing ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to blend and set aside.
2 carrots, grated or cut into matchsticks
½ unpeeled English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
½ green mango, diced
2 whole green onions, chopped
¼ cup (60 mL) chopped fresh mint
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled
¼ cup (60 mL) chopped toasted peanuts
½ finely minced Thai red chili
PreparationCombine carrots, cucumber, mango, green onions and mint in a bowl. Drizzle with half the dressing and gently toss. Arrange salad on two serving plates. Thinly slice grilled chicken on the diagonal and divide equally on top of salad. Drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle with toasted nuts, minced chili and cilantro sprigs. Excellent served on cellophane noodles.
PreparationPreheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a mini muffin tin. Combine crust ingredients in a bowl. Stir together until blended. Spoon equal amounts into prepared pan. Press crumbs down and halfway up the sides to create little tart shells. Bake for 10 minutes then remove to a rack to cool. Leave shells in pan to firm.
½ cup (125 mL) large flake unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted
PreparationTo make filling, be sure coconut milk has been adequately chilled. This will separate the coconut cream from the water. Remove can from the refrigerator and scoop out hardened cream into a bowl. Use the remaining coconut water for another recipe such as a smoothie. Add cream cheese to coconut cream along with Omegalicious, coconut sugar, lime zest, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a piping bag. Pipe filling into prepared shells. Garnish with toasted coconut. Best to eat the same day they are made as the filling will soften tart shells if refrigerated too long.