If you start your
kids out young enough, like I did with my daughter at 1 year old, kids won’t
balk at taking deliciously flavored fish or cod liver oil right off the
spoon. Since this may not be the case for many children, adding omega-3s to various
nutritious meals or snacks just may be the way to go!
Fish oils, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, are great for the entire family for a variety of
reasons. In children, research shows omega-3s promote healthy brain
development, vision function, and learning and support immune health. Unfortunately, many children in
America consume foods that supply very little omega-3s. Adding a high-quality
fish oil to a child’s everyday routine is a great way to ensure they are
getting enough of their daily requirements of omega-3s, and the necessary DHA
for brain development.
Fish and cod liver oils are available in tasty flavored chewable soft gels and delicious liquids that can be taken right off the spoon. Another way for children to get in their regular dose of omega-3s
is by drizzling it into or over some of their favorite meals or snacks, like
popcorn, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, salads, hummus, yogurt, or avocado toast, or
into juice and smoothies. The Cocoa Bites recipe posted below along with
the Smart and Simple Guacamole are two of my daughter’s favorites!
these and other great recipe ideas for breakfasts and snacks at the end of this
post. Like fish oil, cod liver oil provides the important omega-3 fatty acids, but with the added benefits of vitamins A and D3. All of these nutrients assist with additional
immune support. Be sure to look for a high-quality, third-party tested fish oil
that has a freshness, potency, and purity guarantee.
Supplements that help maintain a robust immune system and a healthy
brain can help fill in the gaps. Many of these supplements are conveniently
available in kid-friendly flavored liquids and chewables. Your children
will be sure to love them as is or in tasty recipes. Be sure to check out
the recipes below! Although my daughter will take the chewables or
liquids by themselves, these recipes are some of our favorites ways to get our daily omega-3s.
Makes: 4 servings
3 medium oranges, peeled, seeded, and cut-up
2 6-oz. containers vanilla low-fat/Greek yogurt (coconut, cashew, almond yogurt)
1 c. of fresh strawberries, stems removed
1 medium banana, peeled and cut up
2 c. ice cubes
1/2 tsp. of Kid's The Very Finest Fish Oil, orange flavor (in each glass)
In a blender, combine oranges,
yogurt, strawberries, and banana. Cover and blend until smooth. With blender
running, gradually add ice cubes through hole in the top and blend until frothy.
Pour into serving glasses. Stir in ½ tsp of Kid's The Very Finest Fish Oil in natural orange flavor into each glass.
Source: Family Circle
Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps
Makes: 4 servings
1/3 c. of peanut butter (or almond or cashew butter)
4 7-8-inch flour tortillas (or gluten-free option)
1 c. of chopped apple
¼ c. of low-fat granola
½ tsp. of Kid's Cod Liver Oil, lemon flavor
Spread peanut butter over
each tortilla. Sprinkle with apple and granola. Drizzle ½ tsp. of Kid's Cod Liver Oil in natural lemon flavor over the apple, granola, and nut butter mixture
for each tortilla. Tightly roll up tortillas.
Source: Family Circle
Makes: 14 servings (1 Tbsp.
1/3 c. gluten-free, quick cooking oats
1 ¼ c. of ground almond flour/meal
2 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ c. maple syrup
2 tbsp. of The Very Finest Fish Oil, lemon flavor
Pinch of sea salt
Add dry ingredients to bowl, and mix thoroughly. Add The Very Finest Fish Oil in natural lemon flavor and maple syrup to dry ingredients and
combine thoroughly. Scoop out and roll into balls. The batter will stick
together after squeezing and shaping. Place bites in refrigerator. Cover and
chill for 1-2 hours to allow the bites to set up.
Source: Linda Rubin of L’s Kitchen for Carlson
Smart and Simple Guacamole
1 ½ c. ripe medium avocados, diced
½ c. Roma tomatoes, diced
1/3 c. red onion, chopped
¼ c. fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. of The Very Finest Fish Oil, lemon flavor
and pepper to taste
a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, and gently toss. Cover and refrigerate.
Serve with tortilla chips and vegetable spears.