We’ve all heard by now that Omega-3 Fatty Acids are an important part of a healthy diet. But if you’ve looked at the price of supplements, you probably decided to skip out on adding this into your diet.
Fish of course is an excellent source of Omega Fatty Acids. But not only can fish be expensive, it can sometimes be toxic due to oil and chemical contamination of ocean waters. And farm-raised fish, though cheaper, doesn’t have the same healthy nutrients that wild-caught does.
So where does that leave us? Here are some excellent natural and thrifty sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids that won’t break your budget:
You can buy flax seed in raw form and sprinkle it on top of salad, cereal, mix it in breads, grind it up for smoothies and include in pancakes. Milled flax can actually be used as a substitute for eggs, butter and oil.
- 1 egg=1 TB Flax + 3 TB water
- 1 TB margarine, butter or oil = 3TB Flax
Not only is Flax an excellent source of Omega-3, but also of Fiber. And it’s naturally gluten-free!
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic Raw Whole Flaxseed Brown, 24-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) for $16.05 with Subscribe & Save on Amazon.
- Flax USA 100% Natural Organic Flax Cold Milled Ground Golden Flax Seed, 40-Ounce Packages for $13.28 on Amazon, or $8.89 at Costco Wholesale Club.
If you buy the kind that is already milled, be sure to freeze it so that it holds the nutrients longer.
Chia Seeds are packed with Omega Fatty Acids, Fiber and even help keep you hydrated. When you hydrate the seeds in water the seed shells open up and absorb up to nine times their volume in water. This forms a gel that is 90% soluble fiber and will help keep your body hydrated. People active in sports usually benefit from chia seeds, because they help with endurance.
We add chia seeds to oatmeal, muffins, breads or just mix them up in juice or water to chug. They don’t have much of a taste, but the goopy texture does take some getting used to if you soak them in a liquid.
- Chia Seeds 2 Pounds for $11.25 on Amazon.
- Sometimes you will find this item marked down as a Manager’s Special at Kroger stores.
Benefits of Omega Fatty Acids:
- Reduce inflammation.
- Reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Can help with cholesterol and reduce the risk of artery clogging.
- Help regulate your metabolism, and are even known to help your insulin levels and promote health in diabetics.
- Help with weight-management.
- Help prevent cancer cell growth.
There are many other great products and foods out there that are excellent sources of Omega Fatty Acids, and these are just two of the more thriftier ways I include Omegas in my family’s diet.
What are some of your recommended sources for Omega Fatty Acids? Do you know of a better way to save on supplementing Omega Fatty Acids into your diet? You can leave a comment by clicking here.