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DHA
First Years Nov 19, 2019
3 Minutes

How to: Quick and easy way for more DHA!

We are firm believers in food sources of vitamins/minerals rather than the synthetic supplement versions wherever we possibly can. The body is designed to get what it needs from food, but it’s not always easy. Especially with fussy toddler palettes. DHA which is part of the Omega 3 family is crucial to brain development and fighting chronic inflammation. Something we are starting to realise forms the basis for many long term chronic illnesses. Click here for more.

This is the quick ‘how to’ get more: 

Fish is a great source of DHA. However, not all small people are receptive. Fish fingers are usually one route, and as much as many of the store bought ones are now not too bad (and often easier lets face it) they do use ingredients that we don’t want small people to have too much of (vegetable oils for example – one well known brand uses Rapeseed oil which is definitely not something you want too much of). 

We always prefer making our own with good ingredients where we can. However, we are also aware that not everyone has a lot of time. We love finding easy, healthy options and have found that baked home-made fish fingers are a bit of a hit. 

The good news is this is quick and easy to do, no frying, has only four main ingredients (plus seasoning) and takes about 20 mins all in. We got this recipe (full credit to them!) from Crunchy Creamy Sweet . Just adding a couple of little healthy tweaks (wholegrain flour/turmeric). 

Here is the ‘how to’ get more DHA for ourselves and small people: 

What you need and how to do it:

What do you need? (We use wild fish and organic wherever we can) 

2 x Fish fillet (cod is an obvious choice but up to you. Low down the food chain is best – click here for more as to why this matters – oily fish is typically most associated with DHA)

¼ teaspoon of black pepper

1x large egg

32g wholegrain flour 

40g plain breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

¼ teaspoon of seasoning (we used oregano/rosemary combo/Tumeric)

How you do it: 

  1. Get your oven hot preheat to 375 degrees F (or 190 C) and line your baking sheet with parchment 
  2. Prepare the ‘dunking station’ (this is basically three different bowls for you to coat the DHA rich fish pieces to give them the crunchy shell we know and love from fish fingers) 
  3. In the first bowl of your station you need your whisked egg, next bowl is your flour, the last dish is your breadcrumbs, garlic powder and seasoning.
  4. Then its as simple as cutting your fish into sticks and dunking them in each section of the station until they are well coated. 
  5. Put them on the parchment paper and into the oven for 15-18 mins. Done! 

If you’re not afraid of a bit of a mess, toddlers love the ‘dunking station situation’ and always good to include them in the process where you can! 

We like to serve this DHA rich meal with avocado and some baked sweet potato fries. Enjoy! 

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