Sunday, January 4, 2009

The wonderfood

I. LOVE. SALMON And Im even getting better at cooking it :) 

And for something that tastes so darn good- its a superfood of health benefits!

Did you know that a 115g serve (perfect for us gals) provides a day's requirement of vitamin D?  That sized piece also contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium. Canned salmon can also be a great source of calcium due to the bones, but is obviously not as tasty.

Probably the most obvious health benefits of eating salmon is due to the high content of Omega-3 fats which we need to consume through either food or supplements because our bodies don't make it. Omega 6 is easier to find from food sources but you need the right balance between the two fatty acids. Omega 3's seem to primarily work through reducing inflammation in our bodies which is crucial as inflammation is the base of many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancers and arthritis. Omega-3’s also help prevent the blood clots which cause many strokes.

My favourite way to serve salmon is to grill it just lightly and serve over green vegies that have been lightly dressed with teriyaki sauce and ginger (I got this idea from the Japanese restaurant Sono, and its much nicer than marinating the meat in the sauce).


Raechelle said...

Not to mention packed with protein! There are so many different ways to prepare it too! Super yum!

LizN said...

Yum Steph, though I admit that at least 150g goes on my plate - I hate taking fish oil.

Liz :)

Charlotte Orr said...

Hey Steph, Happy New Year! I might give the teriyaki on the veges a go. I can't marinate the salmon in it because Rob can't eat teriyaki sauce, but maybe I could still have it if it's just on the veges. Cheers, Charlotte

ss2306 said...

NY Steph

Can't say I'm a salmon fan. I think it's the tins with the bones that turn me off but maybe one day I'll have a salmon steak. It does sound good.

Stephanie Davis said...

of course Raechelle how could i not mention that! its just automatic now for me to cook protein and vege so look for yummy ways to do it.
hey liz, yep 150g is a more satisfying amt, esp if you're not having have rice. I sometimes eat 125 or 150 and just have extra greens, yummmm.
happy new year to you too Charlotte! glad i could share an idea that you can use. What's in the sauce that Rob can't eat? I make my own cos the bottled ones are yum but too much sugar.
Shelley, I beg you to give fresh salmon a chance...! I don't care for the bones much either if I buy canned I usually pay extra to get red salmon-skinless and boneless its much prettier :)

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