The Natural Product Market Place (Natural Marketplace Show) was held last weekend at the Sands Expo convention hall at the Venetian Hotel. I had the pure joy of tasting and testing many of the products showcased. I’m looking forward to detailing several of the products with you in the future; but, this one I had to share ASAP! There are several reasons that Barlean’s Organic oils (Barlean’s) have become a quick favorite of this dietitian. First of all, omega-3 fatty acids are an important ingredient of a balanced diet. Second, the Omega Swirl (Barlean’s Omega Swirl ) has a great taste and texture with absolutely no added sugars (Xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol is used for a little sweetness). Lastly, I immediately thought it would be great as an ingredient in a cocktail!
Our bodies cannot make their own omega-3s, so we need to consume them. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish such as cod, salmon, tuna and halibut. They are also found in plant sources such as algae and the flax and chia seeds. Two or more servings of fish are recommended per week because of the heart protective factors of this unsaturated fat (1). One tablespoon of the Swirl offers 1,500 mg of a mixture of the omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The flavors that are currently available are Key Lime, Lemon Zest, Mango Peach, Pina Colada, Orange Cream, strawberry- banana *, blackberry* and blueberry pomegranate*.
We work hard, we play hard, and we only have one body to complete the task, so enjoy this cocktail to relax and get your daily omega dose.
- 1 tbsp Barlean’s Swirl in Key Lime (Barlean’s Key Lime)
- 1 ½ ounces cake-flavored vodka (I use UV)
- ½ ounce triple sec
- ½ ounce low fat coconut milk
- ¼ ounce sweetened lime juice
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
Rim a martini glass with graham cracker crumbs and garnish with nutmeg and lime rind.
Shake again and strain into the martini glass.
- American Diabetes Association, Bantle JP, Wylie-Rosett J, et al. Nutrition recommendations and interventions for diabetes: a position statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care [serial online]. 2008;31(suppl 1):S61-S78. Available at: http://www.diabetesjournals.org. Accessed June 17, 2012.