Omega 3s for Breakfast – Not as Hard as You Think!
I have to say I have never been a big fan of breakfasts. For years I preferred to start the day with a quick cup of coffee and then maybe grab a bagel around 10 a.m. if I was really hungry. Maybe not the best idea but it worked for me for years.
Moving out of my twenties though I have made a commitment to try and eat better and remain as healthy as I can. And apparently, according to all of the health experts that includes eating a good breakfast to give me the 'fuel' to get through the morning and avoid falling into that snack trap (did you know that one bagel has about 350 calories? Yikes)
Another thing I have been making serious efforts to do is cut back on fat, or the bad ones at least. Omega 3 fatty acids are a different story though, those are 'good fats' that you need more of in your diet. And apparently, starting your day with a breakfast that is rich in Omega 3s is a great idea.
Why? Omega 3 fatty acids, research has found over the years, help reduce the risk of heart disease and help keep cholesterol levels in check. There is also emerging science that seems to suggest that they can help ease depression, boost memory and even improve your memory. Well, if they can do all of that I guess an Omega 3 breakfast is not such a bad idea!
I discovered that a number of breakfast cereals are now 'fortified' with Omega 3, but as I cannot stand cereals I had to look elsewhere to find a good Omega 3 rich breakfast dish, and one that did not take too long to make, as I have zero spare time in the morning!
Fatty fish like salmon is really high in Omega 3s but the idea of fish for breakfast really did not work for me. What I did find out is that flaxseed is another real powerhouse source of Omega 3s. Great! But just how do you incorporate it into a decent breakfast?
Scouring the Internet I happened upon a great recipe though. No bake energy bites. That sounded good! So I figured I would give them a go. The fact that you can make a whole batch ahead of time and then store them in the fridge and the fact that they were sweet but healthy was a big plus too! In addition to the big shot of Omega 3 from the flaxseed the oatmeal is a great source of fiber and protein as well so the energy claim is absolutely true.
Here's the recipe
- 2 cups dry, old fashioned, oatmeal
- 1 1/3 cups toasted coconut flakes
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix well until combined. Refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes and then roll into one inch balls. Place in an airtight container to store.
How easy is that? And these taste amazing. As a breakfast, with a big glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee it's a great way to start the day. Even better, if I happen to be running late I pop a few in a Ziploc bag and eat on the go!