Most Australian kids are not consuming enough omega 3 fatty acids for optimal health. These vital nutrients are necessary for normal childhood growth and brain, eye and nerve development. Fish is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids but when it comes to foods that kids hate, fish is likely to be towards the top along with brussels sprouts. So what can you do if your child turns their nose up at fish but you want a no‐fuss way to support their health and omega 3 needs?
- Fish in disguise – You could try to disguise fish in meals such as tuna patties with sweet potato or pumpkin, a pasta bake with grated vegies and cheese, or make homemade fish fingers with wholemeal bread crumbs. Although sardines, anchovies and salmon have a high omega 3 content,1 they might taste too fishy for little Miss or Mr fussy, so it might be best to start with milder‐tasting fish like snapper or barramundi.
- Plant‐based omega 3 fatty acids – Plants are not as high in omega 3 fatty acids as fish oil however they will still boost your child’s overall omega 3 fatty acids intake. Flaxseeds and chia seeds contain omega 3, plus protein and fibre, and can be added to almost any meal.2 You could sprinkle chia seeds or ground flaxseed on yoghurt, salads and cereal or add them to smoothies, homemade muffins or pancakes. Walnuts and pumpkin seeds are also good sources of omega 3 fats2 and should be included in your little one’s food repertoire.
- Cenovis Kids Vita Bursts Omega‐3 Plus Iodine – Cenovis Vita Bursts Omega‐3 Plus Iodine are delicious chewable soft capsules that burst with tropical flavour, providing the recommended daily intake of both omega 3 fatty acids and iodine for even the pickiest eaters. Like omega 3 fatty acids, iodine is required for normal growth and development, and supports brain function and learning ability in kids. Cenovis Vita Bursts Omega‐3 Plus Iodine are ideal for little ones who dislike the taste of fish and aren’t getting enough omega 3 fatty acids from their diet alone. They are a no‐fuss and delicious way to support your child’s growth and development without any nasty artificial colours or flavours.