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Week 2: Healthy Eating Contest: Mood Food.

Week 2: MOOD FOOD: Include one omega-3-rich food in your diet every day this week, June 8-14, 2020.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for the structure and function of the nervous system. Deficiencies in omega-3s are connected to cognitive and mood disorders. Include omega-3-rich foods such as mackerel, salmon, herring, oysters, anchovies, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts in your diet every day to give your brain a boost.

 

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For breakfast, Omega-3 enriched eggs with leftover beef from earlier in the week mixed in. Very filling.Omega-3 enriched eggs with leftover beefOmega-3 enriched eggs with leftover beef

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I cooked this turkey with all the fixings from scratch

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Omega-3 foods added to my breakfast smoothie: oat milk, protein powder, banana, avocado, nectarine, blueberries, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. It was deliciously creamy. (The smoothie wasn't so green in real life, my phone camera seems to tinge everything green!)

 

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This is my Chia Chocolate Pudding. The main ingredients include chia seed, almond milk, cacao powder and stevia. I’m lactose intolerant so I choose a nut milk for the base. Chia has the omega-3 and cacao is high in antioxidants, so this treat is both healthy and tasty. There is no processed sugar either. The only downside is that the chia needs time to form a gel for the pudding texture, so if you want it for a dessert after dinner it needs to be made in the morning.

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This is my Chia Chocolate Pudding. The main ingredients include chia seed, almond milk, cacao powder, and stevia. I’m lactose intolerant so I choose nut milk for the base. Chia has the omega-3 and cacao is high in antioxidants, so this treat is both healthy and tasty. There is no processed sugar either. The only downside is that the chia needs time to form a gel for the pudding texture, so if you want it for a dessert after dinner it needs to be made in the morning.Chia Cacao Pudding copy.jpg

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Thank you for this post!  I'm going to try it tonight

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Adding omega-3 foods to dinner: pasta with sauteed spinach and arugula (olive oil and garlic, of course), topped with chopped walnuts and crushed red pepper. Photo might not look so good, but it was delicious!

 

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Little Changes Add Up
One small change I've implemented to increase nutrition in my food is using eggs that come from hens fed an omega-3 enhanced diet. Another is taking a daily fish oil supplement.
There are many, many more, and AARP is a great source for finding ideas and inspiration!Small Daily Changes for Better HealthSmall Daily Changes for Better Health 

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A classic Caesar Salad brings the Omega 3s with anchovies in the dressing  Yum! 😊22D61339-075F-4FB6-B1C2-A85FFBEAC14A.jpeg

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This super breakfast turbo charges me for the day!

Slow cook oatmeal, fresh berries, applesauce and a spoonful of Chia Seeds on top for an extra Omega-3 fatty acid boost!breakfast.jpg

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For added protein and holds you longer add Oikos Vanilla yogurt and egg whites w/ cinnamon.

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This morning I ate English Muffins smeared with avocado packed with lots of Omega 3s in place of butter or margarine for breakfast. It was so delicious.

 

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Omega 3 + oyster roast fun for the win!

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I love salmon and I eat it at least twice a week.  My go to salad is Caesar with lots of anchovies.        

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I enjoy tuna on my daily salad with peppers, sunflower seeds & walnuts & a vinaigrette dressing🤗7FDAE6C5-C49E-4788-B04A-2F0954F6A1B5.jpeg

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We love to incorporate salmon into our weekly diet. There are so many recipes out there. Always fun to try new ones. Enjoy nuts on top as well.

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I've been snacking on walnuts in between meals to get more Omega-3 in my diet.

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My favorite snack is black olives so it's easy to rack up the omega 3!

 

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Trying single serve salmon a cooked different way each night for dinner.  Tonight was blackened salmon!salmon.JPG

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stocking up walnuts for my salads and banana bread

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I incorporated week 1 and 2 by making my own Greek yogurt and homemade granola with walnuts,Golden flaxseed, whole oats-serving for breakfast every morning/ delicious and healthy 

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We had broiled whitefish for dinner with brown rice/quinoa mixture, and mashed potatoes. Didn't get a pic, but did get one of the smoked trout before dinner! Was a real Lake Michigan dinner.

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As a Bavarian-American, I love left-over german potato salad tossed with romaine lettuce, hard boiled egg and tuna.  A Nicoise that even the French can appreciate. 

Waldorf "salad" made with Splenda sweetened plain yoghurt is a really filling dessert.

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I have been eating all kind of fish. This picture shows a salmon with avocado salad, asparagus and baked potatoes. This is helping me with energy and eating healthy is helping me to stay active and with energy 

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I love salmon. Here we had it with a nice salsa!fish.jpg

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omega 3.jpegI try to integrate chia and flaxseed daily. Eating fish is not sustainable and too polluted for wild fish, and farmed fish have antibiotics added and cause water pollution from fish farms, and animal protein causes inflammation and multiple health issues. Fish get their Omega-3 from ALGAE so just eat the ALGAE and skip the earth-hogging animal products. You will be healthier and more pain-free! Imagine pain free joints and lower back! YAY!

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I really enjoy salmon and other fish. I eat oysters, but not weekly. I like anchovies and enjoy it on a pizza.

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