I am a BIG fan of omegas and prefer to eat these oils in food-form instead of a supplement. Our bodies make Omega 9, however we need to incorporate Omega 3 and Omega 6 into our diets. If we are generally low in Omegas it is a good idea to add Omega 9 foods to your diet as well.
An new issue of concern is that the trend to eat much more Omega 6 than Omega 3, which can really throw the body out of balance. For this reason, incorporating food with proper ratios of these fats is essential. The foods listed below offer preferable ratios of Omega 3 to Omega 6 (generally 1:1-1:5 of Omega 3:6).
Omega 3- flax, hemp seeds, avocado, leafy greens, cold-water fish
Omega 6- Flax, hemp, seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, borage oil
Omega 9- Pistachios, cashews, avocado, peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts
Here are three GREAT methods for incorporating more omegas in your diet, using the same 3-4 products: milk, flour and butter.
#1) Buy a bag of each of the following: raw, organic pumpkin, sunflower and hemp seeds and cashews.
#2) Soak the cashews, pumpkin and sunflower seeds for half a day (about 7 hours) and drain the water.
#3) Throw the soaked cashews and hemp seeds in a blender with some water (1:3 ratio of nuts/seeds to water works well, but for creamier versions I use a 1:2 ratio). You can also add a spoon of maple syrup or raw unfiltered honey. Divine.
Use in oatmeal, smoothies, lattes, whatever! So yummy.
Drink within 2 days.
Other milk combinations:
- hemp, sunflower and cashew
- avocado, pumpkin seeds, pecans
- hemp seeds, flax, pistachio
I like to add a splash of cinnamon and raw honey to my milk.
This is the jackpot. You use the same recipe as above just without the soaking or water.
#1) Buy a bag of each of the following: raw, organic pumpkin, sunflower and hemp seeds. Cashews and macadamia nuts are optional, yet they add Omega 9.
#2) Throw in a blender and process until crumbly. I have a Vitamix which turns my nuts/seeds into dust. A blender or processor will work fine too, only you might have slightly larger “dust.”
I use this in place of flour in various recipes such as fruit cobbler (makes a perfect crumble topping) kale chips, pancakes, cookies and granola bars.
Just follow the recipe for flour but blend for an extra 1-2 minutes or longer. If you don’t have a vitamix or high powered blender you might have to add a spoonful of some sort of oil to get things moving. Coconut or flax or hemp oils are good options.
You can use this butter to make oatmeal bars (just add some oats and raw honey and you have the most delicious snack). My toddler LOVES them. Also great on pancakes, muffins, crackers, or my favourite option- straight out of the jar. Naughty, naughty me.