Most of us know how to look after our health. Eat well and exercise often. Pretty simple right? If you have young children then they will be nailing the exercise element, but getting healthy foods into your child may seem like a constant struggle. Especially when it comes to Omega 3.
Omega 3 is one of the good fats. It is really important for heart health and as a parent, ensuring your son or daughter has a healthy strong heart is one of your priorities. You can find omega 3 in fish, avocado, nuts and olive oil however, all of these ingredients might be something you find your children turning their noses up at. So how can we find a way of ensuring they get plenty of the good stuff, even if they are fussy eaters?
So, fish. Fish is one of the best sources of Omega 3 but is often a flavour which children find hard to stomach, however there are some fantastic recipes which will help you, and your children, enjoy this meat without them being wise to it’s fishy nature. Crab meat is a very low flavoured shellfish which has a very simple texture and can easily be disguised in a delicious crabcake. Most children will enjoy fish fingers so this is almost the next step up. You can hide the texture by using more potato and include pea or corn to give it a naturally sweet flavour which most children will enjoy. Shrimp is another delicately flavoured fish which could be gently disguised and included into your children’s daily diet. Noodles are like the fun cousin of spaghetti and can be really simple to make with your kids. Using prawns instead of chicken won’t be the focus of this dish for your children. They will be too busy twizzling and slurping the stringy noodles to even notice they are eating fish.
Replace butter or margarine with olive oil. Avoid extra virgin as this has a stronger flavor, instead opt for a mid-range Olive oil. You can use this to spread on toast or sandwiches and can add it to lots of different recipes after cooking for a secret boost. Of course, there is always the option of giving your children some delicious bread to dip into a little bowl of olive oil too. It is a perfectly messy way of eating that your children will enjoy.
Avocado can be a little tricky to get children to eat due to it’s color, although the color might also give you an advantage. Why not use Halloween as the perfect opportunity to serve up some guacamole with raw carrot fingers? Or you can tone the green shade down by adding avocado to your hummus recipe, not only will it give hummus a beautiful creamy texture it will also ensure you are getting maximum Omega 3 into the whole family.
You may have to use your imagination a little sometimes, but it is possible to find ways of introducing the healthiest ingredients into your family diet without having to battle your way through mealtimes