Is that not the most drool worthy piece of salmon you have EVER seen?! I give credit first to my amazing husband who made this AND photographed it while I nursed a bee sting on my finger! Husband of the year right there 🙂 I also have to give credit to Fin-Your Local Fishmonger in Guilderland, NY for providing us with this delicious and nutritious Salmon!
We all hear that fish is good for us but many of my clients still say they would rather not eat it due to its consistency, smell, etc. Well let me tell you grilling your fish is the EASIEST way to keep your place stink-free and enjoy the most delicious piece of fish you have ever tried. If you want the recipe scroll down, but for those of you who want some nutrition knowledge, read on!
Why do you even need fish you may ask? Well first off it is one of the BEST sources of a fatty acid known as Omega-3. Yes you can get it from a fish oil pill but your body does not really know what to do with that FOREIGN object. Your body wants REAL FOOD in normal amounts and that is what wild caught fish can provide you. If I sound like a broken record then mission accomplished, JUST EAT REAL FOOD!
What is Omega 3? Is it a superhero? Well in a way, but no nutrient can save the day by itself…there is a reason we must eat real food and not just supplements.
Omega 3 is an ESSENTIAL fatty acid that REDUCES inflammation. Essential meaning that guess what you cannot easily make this fat that is so desperately desired by your organs including your brain (if your brain hurts from reading this you may or may not need more fish in your life…just saying). And as most of us know inflammation is the root of all evil (well ok maybe that’s a little dramatic) and it leads to chronic disease including but not limited to heart disease, dementia, arthritis and Irritable Bowel Disease.
Eating fat especially from a healthy fish source WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT! Instead the fat from this fish will support your brain function, improve your mood, promote eye health and probably even reduce your risk of cancer, yahoo! So if you can shoot for 2 servings of wild caught fish per week, you are right on track and you can throw out those nasty fish oil supplements! Places like Trader Joe’s sell frozen wild caught fish for pretty cheap too! Also look for canned fish like sardines as these are more economical and last in your cabinet for quite some time (unless you eat them on a regular basis like this sassy gal!)
What if you absolutely cannot tolerate fish or choose for other reasons not to consume them? Well have no fear there are other options to get your Omega-3s and you better believe Kashi Go-Lean Crunch is not on my list! Before you go running to your local vitamin store for a fish oil supplement, the easiest first step is to CUT OUT processed vegetable oils that are found in most processed and packaged foods. These vegetable oils (i.e. Safflower, Corn, Canola) are high in Omega 6 and while Omega 6 is not a bad thing it takes away a lot of the benefits of Omega 3s especially in the high levels we are consuming today.
Now once you have done that here are some other foods high in Omega 3s that are REAL FOODS:
2. Eggs from Pastured Raised Chickens
2. Dairy from Grass Fed Cows (especially butter)
4. Brussel Sprouts
5. Flax Seeds/Oil (seeds must be ground up)
6. Walnuts/Walnut Oil (not ideal as there is a good amount of Omega 6)
Alright I will let you get to your recipe and start enjoying this tasty fish, let me know how yours turns out!
If you want to know more about Omega-3s or fats in general check out our podcast this week Nutrition Genius Radio Episode 2: Friends of Fat!