© Copyright 2004-2013 Niche Topics ™ All rights reserved  Terms & Conditions | About us | Sitemap  

 

  SIGN UP for our free newsletter

Share |

  LATEST posts

All things that are written on this website are about our experiences and what have worked for us, or general information only. We are not telling you to do any of those things mentioned and we do not endorse any products found on these pages. We simply want to share with you what has helped us. Hope that you enjoy reading our posts and please come back regularly to read more!

 

   Contact Us         Freebies       Share Ideas & Recipes |

 

  POPULAR articles

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Home Money & Lifestyle Food & Drinks Health & Fitness Beauty & Wellness Pregnancy & Kids

 

 

Niche Topics (Pregnancy and Kids) is all about practical parenting advice and parenting skills to help you deal with common parenting challenges from toddlerhood to teen years. You’ll find tons of healthy food ideas and easy-to-make kids meals, fun activity ideas and creative crafts projects that kids love to do and play!

  QUICK links

Kids crafts and activities

Healthy eating for kids

Parenting tips and advice

Baby and infant care

Make baby and kids stuff

Pregnancy and fertility

Home

 

 

10 Nifty Ideas to Get Kids to Eat Fish

 

7 Popular Baby Gender Myths

 

Top 5 Healthy Peanut Butter Substitutes

 

5 Yummy Non-Fish Sources of Omega 3 Fats Meal Ideas

 

5 Fun Ideas to Keep Preschoolers Busy While You Cook

 

 

About Niche Topics
The Animal Rescue Site

 

 

Hi Donna,

Omega-3 fats, a class of polyunsaturated fatty acids, are considered essential because they cannot be produced in your body and hence must be obtained from food. The benefits of Omega EFA (essential fatty acids) to children's health are enormous. Aside from ensuring proper growth and development, research also indicates that omega 3 fats help boost  a child's brainpower and may benefit children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Other than Fish

Most of us know that oily fish – salmon, sardines, halibut, tuna and mackerel – are rich in omega 3 fats, but there are plenty of other non fish sources of Omega 3 fats around. These fish oil alternatives include eggs, beef, canola oil (cold-pressed and unrefined), linseed oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, wheat germ oil, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and pecans.

Fruits like raspberries, guava, avocados, and blackberries as well as some dark leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, purslane, mustard greens, collards, etc are also good sources of omega 3 fatty acids.

 

Delicious Ideas to Get More Omega 3s into Children's Diet

1.  Start your child's day right off with this delicious brainy breakfast idea packed with calcium, protein, vitamins and powerful omega-3s – strawberry banana flax soymilk smoothie.

In a blender, throw in 2 cups plain soy milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 2 frozen ripe bananas and 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed.  Blend until smooth and creamy.

 

 

2. Tuck avocado slices, cucumber slices, a trocadero lettuce leaf along with  a few slices of grilled chicken breast into a multi-grain pita pocket for a colorful healthy quick lunch idea.

You can offer your kids creamy guacamole dip to go with nachos, or simply drizzle maple syrup over fresh avocado chunks and serve.

 

 

3. When your children crave for high fat crunchy snacks such as cheese curls, potato chips and chocolate cookies, replace with healthy omega-3 rich options instead.

For a flavorful snack mix, combine some bran cereal, dried cranberries or raisins, unsalted roasted nuts, pumpkin seeds and pretzels.

 

 

4.  For a healthy change, go meatless for dinner once a week and have tofu steak. Tofu is cheap, limitless versatile and one of the best vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Cut a block of firm tofu in 4 pieces, and lightly season with salt and pepper. Spread grated garlic on top, and then lightly coat with flour. Pan-fry each side until crisp and brown. Drizzle a little ponzu (citrus seasoned soy sauce) and serve hot.

You can find a variety of tasty, quick and easy tofu recipes on our website here.

 

 

5. There are also many other ways to incorporate more omega 3 fats in your children's diet. You can substitute butter or margarine with canola oil or olive oil when you prepare their meals. Flax oil and hemp oil can be used in salad dressings or taken off the spoon.

You can also purchase foods fortified with non-fish omega-3s such as milk, eggs, orange juice and bread in most supermarkets today. Astro brand Biobest omega-3 yogurt and Sara Lee® Soft & Smooth® Plus Made with DHA Omega-3 sit high on my grocery list.

 

 

 

 

By Martha Sanders

5 Yummy Non-Fish Sources of Omega 3 Fats Meal Ideas

 

I hear that Omega-3 is essential for growing children but my kids don't like eating fish. How can I ensure they get adequate Omega-3 fatty acids everyday? What are some omega 3 sources other than fish? A few ideas for adding omega 3 fats into children's diet would be extremely helpful too. – Donna, Ohio.

omega 3 sources other than fish for kids

7 Big Tips to Handle Small Picky Eaters

Going crazy getting fussy eaters to eat? You’ll love these tips – they always work like a charm for parents!

 

12 Fun Ways to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

Watch your kids enjoy their veggies before your eyes, and come back for more!

 

10 Nifty Ideas to Encourage Kids to Eat Fish

Getting kids to love eating fish is possible, if you know some really clever tricks to make fish super yummy!  

 

5 Creative Ways to Get Kids to Eat New Foods

Is your toddler stuck in a food jag and won't eat meat? Find out how you can get your super picky eater to try new foods and receive the essential nutrients to support overall mental and physical development.

 

How to Get Kids to Drink Milk

If your child won't drink milk no matter what you do, use these ideas to encourage milk consumption and ensure adequate calcium intake. Learn what are good non-milk calcium food sources to offer, if your kids simply hate milk.

 

5 Exciting Ideas to Eat Raisins

If you're wondering what is good to eat with raisins, but eating them straight out of the box doesn't appeal to you, then get inspired with these interesting recipes, and start enjoying the health benefits of raisins in your everyday meals.

 

5 Deliciously Fun Ideas to Make Kids Eat Fruits

Can't get kids to eat fruits? Steal these creative fruit serving ideas right away and watch your children chomp down fruits like they never did before!

 

10 Canned Baked Beans Ideas We Love

Creative ideas to eat baked beans with a modern twist. Kids and adults will ask for them time and again!