One of the many questions vegans get, besides “what do you eat?” and “where do you get your protein?” is “what about omega-3?”
Well, you can get enough omega from a vegan diet and most likely you will get them in good proportion. The ideal ratio is 3:1 Omega-3 to Omega-6. Unfortunately, Omega-6 is far too present in processed carnivore diets and can be unhealthy in high proportions. They are actually starting to associate high Omega-6 from diet to disease such as forms of cancer, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, obesity, depression, hyperactivity and tendency for violence amongst other things!
Actually, where do you think fish get their Omegas-3??? From meat? From fish? From seafood? Hm…very unlikely. They actually get them from sea vegetables. So there you go. Why not skip a step, save a fish and get your omegas directly from the sea vegetables???
Other sources are Chia seeds and flax seeds. They actually come already in the right proportion nature intended. It’s not that complicated! And because they are pretty much tasteless, you can add them to almost anything! I always keep some ground flax seeds in my fridge and whole ones in the freezer. Chia seeds can be kept at room temperature. I add them to smoothies ALL the time!!!! You can also add them to stews and soups! They can also replace eggs in any non-vegan baking recipes! I have tried it several times and it works just fine! You only have to replace each egg with 1 tbsp. ground flax seed or chia seed (no need to have ground chia seeds) in 3 tbsp. water (or more if it is not runny enough, trust yourself, you’ll know). I’ve done it in cookies, cakes, and breads. It’s amazing! Hence you are replacing bad fats and cholesterol with omegas in the food your kids probably love the most!!!
I have also tried this recipe from John Robbins for a flax ‘n’ corn bread. It is actually more of a “cake” to be served with tea then actual bread. It is amazing when it’s warm to add vegan margarine!!!
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
1/2 cup flaxseed
1 1/2 cup soy milk
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
Allow the apple juice concentrate to soften at room temperature
Preheat oven at 325F
Oil an 9″x9″ Pyrex baking dish
Empty seeds in a mixing bowl, add concentrate apple juice and soy milk – whisk
In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients slowly while mixing
Transfer into Pyrex dish and bake for 1h
Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing
p.s. by the way, flaxseed is not only the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acid but the cheapest at about 2$ a pound!!!
p.s.2. I wrote a blog post yesterday on my own blog about when are you being vegan enough??? In regards to the “war” going on between vegans. Some vegans think other vegans are not vegan enough. I’ve been the “victim” of that. Since I am not “mean” enough against non-vegan, but that is just not me. You can read it here: http://www.thissavvylife.blogspot.ca/ and I would appreciate your feedback as a vegan or non-vegan. Also do not hesitate to check out my Facebook page and other social media sites!
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