Thanks to our beautiful friend and mom-to-be, Erin of Chill Out LA, Mama Munch was created. Trying to eat healthy and follow the recommendations for getting sufficient omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy, Erin was looking for a snack she could eat and enjoy everyday. One of the most significant sources of omega-3 fatty acids is fish. However, during pregnancy fish consumption needs to be limited due to the potential mercury intoxication. And, of course, fish is not an option for vegetarians and vegans. Since omega-3 fatty acids are so incredibly beneficial yet typically insufficient in most folk's diets we wanted to create a tasty omega-3 rich snack. Enter walnuts ....
Walnuts are the only nut that has a day's worth of omega-3 fatty acids providing a whopping 2.5 grams per ounce! (Pecans are second runner up next to walnuts.) There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) , and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Walnuts contain ALA which is partially converted by the body to EPA and DHA (these are the two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish). Women who are expecting, vegetarians, vegans and anyone who wants a plant-based source of healthy omega-3's can easily get their daily amount from a handful of walnuts (equal to about 3.5 ounces of salmon). Walnuts are also a great source of antioxidants including selenium, melatonin, vitamin E and polyphenols.
Not pregnant? Don't let the Mama Munch name fool you! This tasty and super food treat is great for everyone (even you, guys!). Here are some other potential benefits of omega-3 fatty acids :
- *lower triglycerides
- *lower risk of heart disease
- *decrease blood pressure
- *reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis
- *reduce symptoms of mentrual pain
- *improve cognitive skills
- *improve bone health
- *improve cold tolerance
- *help with weight loss
- *lower risk of stroke
- *lower risk of certain types of cancer
- *help with inflammatory bowel disease