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How do I know if it’s Vegan? Interview with the Fussy Vegan Founder Ken

How do I know if it’s Vegan? Interview with the Fussy Vegan Founder Ken

In this episode I chat to Ken, the founder of the incredible Fussy Vegan Scanner app. He gives me some incredible insight on the food industry in Australia – and ways to know whether everyday products are suitable for a vegan lifestyle or not. If […]

Raising Vegan Kids with Amanda – Mum of Three

Raising Vegan Kids with Amanda – Mum of Three

In this episode I chat to the lovely Amanda – vegan mum of three and we talk about all things raising vegan! If you are enjoying our vegan parenting show and the content on this site, please consider becoming a supporter. As little as $1 […]

Vegan Omega 3 – ULTANA Phytoplankton – a Review

Vegan Omega 3 – ULTANA Phytoplankton – a Review

Have you ever wondered where to get vegan omega 3?

As a vegan, I think it’s my duty to love all green foods. Some are easier than others, and one of the easiest to love is the humble green smoothie.

I’m always looking for ways to superpower my smoothies and am a long-term fan of nutritional powders – I’m crediting my use of Maca powder for both of my pregnancies!

So I was super excited to hear about an Aussie product – Phytoplankton – that would be an amazing addition to my green smoothies (definitely without the fertility risk!)

Before becoming a vegan, I wouldn’t have known what an Omega 3 was if it slapped me around the face, but due to (well intentioned?) questions from non-vegans into where our family’s nutrition comes from, I’ve become much more well informed.

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to our health and well-being, and can only be sourced from our diet (our bodies can’t make them). Traditionally, due to huge marketing by the supplement companies, it is widely assumed that we need to eat fish to get these essential fatty acids.

There are 3 kinds of Omega 3 (funny that!) – ALAs, EPAs and DHAs – the first can be widely found in plant foods – flax, chia and soy to name a few, whilst the others (reportedly more important for our health) are predominantly found in animal products, making it tricky for vegans to find a reliable source. That was at least until the discovery of Phytoplankton. It is a single cell marine plant that forms the foundation of the oceanic food chain, and is enjoyed in green smoothies by krill and blue whales.

ULTANA Phytoplankton provides Omega 3 in abundance, as well as over 75 other nutrients. But I’m no science expert, so if you want to know all the tech stuff behind what this wonderplant can do you can read more on the benefits of phytoplankton here.

So back to the green smoothies. ULTANA phytoplankton comes in two forms, I got a free sample of the powder, but they also offer veg capsules for convenience. The recommended daily serving is 1g, I didn’t weigh mine at all and used a heaped teaspoon which was way too much, as my 15 day supply ran out in five days! The powder comes in one or two month size pouches, and the capsules are a 30 day supply.

ULTANA phytoplankton - a great source of vegan omega 3

I will definitely be investing in some of the capsules for when I’m stretched for time, as I found mixing the powder with water or juice wasn’t as good as in a smoothie. The powder didn’t dissolve as well and the taste of the ocean was very noticeable (the whales must love that!)

Including Phytoplankton in your diet may have the following benefits – better digestion, more energy, mental clarity, healthier skin, faster recovery and a stronger immune system. My sample pack didn’t last long enough for me to notice any health benefits, but I’ll be giving it a longer shot as I’d love an energy and clarity boost!

A green smoothie made with ULTANA phytoplankton - full of vegan omega 3
My favourite was a smoothie with fresh kale, soy milk, frozen mango and berries – yum!

With our oceans being destroyed by overfishing and the insatiable demand for seafood and fish products, Phytality have provided a healthy, sustainable, plant-based alternative rich in vegan omega 3 that is best for both our bodies, the oceans and the planet.


Do you have other questions about vegan nutrition? Check out my interview with Amber – an Accredited Practicing Dietitian from Newtown Nutrition – episode 2 of The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast.

Will My Kids Stay Vegan? The Everyday Vegan Mum Episode 18 – Interview with Trish Haywood

Will My Kids Stay Vegan? The Everyday Vegan Mum Episode 18 – Interview with Trish Haywood

In this episode I chat to Trish – vegan for almost 60 years and mum to 4 vegan kids. We talk about the struggles of growing up vegan before the term was even coined, and how being vegan has changed over the years.I also get to […]

The Good Kid Project – The Everyday Vegan Mum Episode 17 – Interview with Founder Nick

The Good Kid Project – The Everyday Vegan Mum Episode 17 – Interview with Founder Nick

This week I talk to Nick from the Good Kid Project, about nurturing compassion in kids. If you are enjoying our vegan parenting show and the content on this site, please consider becoming a supporter. As little as $1 per month will help with running […]

Vegan Activism for Families – The Everyday Vegan Mum Episode 16 – Interview with Kristy Alger

Vegan Activism for Families – The Everyday Vegan Mum Episode 16 – Interview with Kristy Alger

This week I chat to the inspiring Kristy – vegan activist and mum to three vegan kids.

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Show notes:

Follow Kristy on Instagram
Hear Kristy speak at the Adelaide Vegan Festival
More info on Animal Liberation Tasmania
Visit Tasmanian Animal Save on Facebook

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Vegan Mum of Three Kate with Tips on Snacking, Parenting and Resources

Vegan Mum of Three Kate with Tips on Snacking, Parenting and Resources

In this episode I chat with the lovely Kate about her vegan journey raising vegan kids, and how they made the switch to plant-based as a family. If you are enjoying our vegan parenting show and the content on this site, please consider becoming a […]

Chats about Cheese! The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 14 – Alice from Angel Food

Chats about Cheese! The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 14 – Alice from Angel Food

In this episode we talk about a topic close to everyone’s hearts….cheese! Alice from Angel Food in New Zealand shares with us the secrets to fulfill all your cheesy dreams…. If you are enjoying the show and content on this site, please consider becoming a […]

Is Breastfeeding Vegan? The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 13 – Interview with Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

Is Breastfeeding Vegan? The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 13 – Interview with Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

In today’s episode I talk to the inspirational Alina from Vegan Runner Eats.

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Show notes:

The book that inspired Alina to start her vegan journey – Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Find out more about the Forks Over Knives documentary
Find out more about the What the Health documentary

Read all about Alina’s vegan breastfeeding journey.

Alina’s website – Vegan Runner Eats
Vegan Runner Eats on Facebook
Vegan Runner Eats on Instagram
Vegan Runner Eats on Pinterest

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The Importance of Showing Up – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 12

The Importance of Showing Up – The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast Episode 12

Due to a late interview cancellation I almost didn’t record an episode tonight – then I started thinking about the importance of showing up. And oranges. There’s some thoughts about oranges too (stay with me on those!) If you are enjoying the show and content […]