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Omega 3’s And Autism + A Fruit Smoothie Recipe

*Please Note- This is a personal blog and I am not a doctor of any kind. Speak to your health care professional about all supplements.


I’ve started making this smoothie several times a week in an effort to get more nutrients and omega’s into my family’s diet. My kids drink it because it tastes good and they have no idea what’s in it (he-he-he, evil laugh)

Omega-3’s can help reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and can also help reduce inflammation, depression, and helps with endocrine health. But the main reason I have started adding omega’s to our diet is for my son.

Omega’s 3’s are critical in brain development and parents of children with autism who have given their children omega’s have seen improvement in general health, sleeping patterns, cognitive and motor skills, concentration, eye contact, social interaction, as well as reductions in irritability, aggression, and hyperactivity. Lance doesn’t have all of these symptoms but he definitely has hyperactivity and needs improvement in his general health, cognitive and motor skills, and concentration.


I’m not sure why, but the best place to get omegas for children in the spectrum is from fish oil as opposed to flax oil. In fact, a doctor recently recommended Lance take 2000 mg of fish oil! But I have had a really hard time getting 2000 mg of fish oil down him.

That’s why I was very excited to find these Omega Swirl Supplements for kids at my local health food store  that can be mixed into a smoothie, or many things really, without being noticed. (he-he-he) And 1 Tbsp. has 2620 mg Omega-3’s – Wow!

The first one I tried was the flax oil and it doesn’t add any kind of taste at all. I’ve tasted my smoothie before and after… there is no difference in taste.

Then I tried the fish oil. I was skeptical because most fish oil supplements are just plain gross. But surprisingly, it didn’t have a fishy taste at all… but it did lend a lemon-y flavor to the smoothie.

And I put spinach in my fruit smoothie.

But you can’t taste it. I promise.

And I will spare you the health benifits of spinach… this time :)

Sources:
http://www.vegepa.com/vegepa_pure_epa.php?n=autism
http://www.brighttots.com/Autism_Diet/Omega-3_Fatty_Acid_Diet
http://autismchangingtomorrow.wordpress.com/2007/12/11/omega-3-fatty-acids-feeding-the-brain/

 
Ingredients
  • ½ C (or more as desired) Baby Spinach, Stems Removed (baby spinach is more tender and easier to process
  • ½ C SO Delcious Coconut Milk + more as needed
  • 2 C Frozen Berries (I prefer 1 C Strawberries and 1 C Blueberries)
  • 1 -2 Tbsp Agave Nectar, Honey, Or Preferred Sweetener, to taste
  • ¼ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 -2 Tbsp. Flax Oil or Fish Oil... I recommend only 1 Tbsp if using the fish oil or it will be too lemon-y
Instructions
  1. Place spinach and ½ C coconut milk in food processor and blend on high until completely smooth, scraping down bowl as necessary.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process until desired consistency. Add more milk as needed to help facilitate blending process.

BTW- Any old blender will work :)

*Please Note- I’ve read fish oil thins your blood, so you may want to discontinue use before any operations or surgeries.

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Comments

  1. This looks & sounds so yummy!!! (And it’s good for you) Just bought some lemon fish oil yesterday, but the berries weren’t on sale, so I’ll freeze some strawberries & make this tomorrow. I never thought about adding liquid fish oil to anything, you are so clever :) Thank you
    Michelle

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Cassidy……Jake and I love this smoothie!!! It is so yummy and healthy :) Mary

  3. Have you seen a difference In your son since starting him on this smoothie?

    • Hi Ron!

      Even with the smoothie I have a hard time getting him the 2000 mg of fish oil every day that he needs to see a big difference, but I do think it helps!

      -Cassidy

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