A Lesson in Omega-3s

Today’s New Harvest events began with breakfast. IMG_8645

I love buffet style meals where you can get a little bit of a lot of different things :)IMG_8639 

Then, it was time for a lesson in Omega-3s. Wow. The morning conference was very informative. New Harvest is is a new Omega-3 source. In the past Omega-3 supplements were made with fish oil, but this one is completely vegetarian.IMG_8643

But, how do they do that?

It’s actually pretty complicated, but to break it down…

The supplements are made with yeast. Food and supplements have been made with yeast for thousands of years (hello, bread & beer!). But, NH uses a special kind of yeast called:

Yarrowia lipolytica – unique form of yeast that eats sugar and metabolize it into oilIMG_8649 IMG_8651

And finally it turns into this:IMG_8780

The New Harvest supplements are full of EPA, which is a long chain fatty acid usually found in fish in algae. The problem with getting Omega-3s from fish is:

1. It takes 25-50 kg of fish to make 1kg of fish oil

2. Some fish populations are already under pressure

3. There are possible concerns about ocean sourced contaminants in fish oil

4. Some fish oil is high in cholesterol

New Harvest brought us to learn about the supplement because this is the first truly vegetarian option for Omega-3! Some of the benefits of using this version over a fish based supplement is:

– Contains 600mg of EPA per capsule

– No fishy aftertaste

– Fish-free and renewable

– No concern for mercury or PCBs

Have you guys taken Omega 3 before and gotten “fish burps”? It’s super gross.

After the info session we went to a cooking lesson. It was at an adorable little kitchen at an indoor market. IMG_8652



The sights and smells of the indoor market were super tempting….

Me want cookie!IMG_8668

The set up of our cooking class was super cute and seemed like it should be a kitchen on the Food Network.IMG_8655


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And like the TV, everything was set up perfecting just waiting for us to come in and make a mess, I mean cook.IMG_8660 IMG_8657 IMG_8682

Cooking lesson + food bloggers = tons. tons of pictures. IMG_8681 IMG_8686

I don’t know if I mentioned it last night, but it was great to finally meet Jenna and Tina in person. Theirs were two of the first blogs I started reading a few years back so I feel like I know them :) IMG_8688 IMG_8702

We made the most amazing crostini topped with goat cheese, fig jam and caramelized onions.IMG_8698

  Christine was the supervisor of this project and even served them. IMG_8703

Turns out I LOVE fig jam! These were a big hit and many people said they wanted to make them for their next party. I didn’t get a nicer picture because I was too busy eating (story of my life…). IMG_8704

Tina and Anne-Marie made salad…IMG_8685 

and we made sweet potato ravioli. By “we” I mean other people 😉IMG_8690 This was the most difficult part of the  meal, so I left it to the experts – Jenna and Anne :) IMG_8689

The meal was delicious! Thanks to all my fellow chefs :)IMG_8715

And we topped it off with dessert which was berries macerated in Lemoncello and topped with fresh whipped cream.IMG_8724

Brian made the whipped cream :) He has been the photographer for blogger group shots all weekend so you may not have met him yet!IMG_8716

After lunch we walked to the Benjamin Franklin Institute.IMG_8745

They have a heart exhibit that is very interesting. One of the highlights is a replica of a heart that you can walk through. It is true to scale and would fit inside a person 220 feet tall.

IMG_8738 Okay, more details to come… I’m off to dinner!


  1. Ashley C says

    Looks like fun! I would love to meet Tina and Jenna some day, they both seem so fun and down to earth.

  2. says

    I take a fish oil supplement daily, but I would LOVE a vegetarian source. And although I have never had “fish burps” they sound disgusting.

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  4. Phebe says

    The cooking class looks awesome.
    I have a question though – aren’t flaxseeds/flax oil also a vegetarian source of omega-3s? What’s the difference between the omega 3’s you get from flax and this new harvest yeast product?

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