Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Salmon, the magical Fish

I have always loved Sea food, so to start eating more fish wasn't a hard change in the least bit when they recommended me eating it weekly. The hardest change, was having to buy it and pay the cost. I started buying the fresh fish right from behind the glass, but it started getting way to expensive. So whats more important, health or money? I ask myself this daily, but I found that sacrificing some of the foods that do absolutely no good for me, I would be able to afford the fish. What I do now, instead of buying the fresh stuff, is buying the frozen bags of fish. At Smith's they have bags of huge cut frozen Salmon for only $8.99. They feed me for about 3-4 weeks, and that's with eating fish about 2-3 nights a week. Look for the deals, and start buying that Salmon.

Salmon is a highly nutritious food. Of course, it is high in protein, and the “good fats." But did you know that a 4 oz serving of wild salmon provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D? It is one of the few foods that can make that claim. That same piece of fish contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium. Canned salmon also contains large amounts of calcium (due to the bones of the fish).
Omega-3 fats seem to primarily work through reducing inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is turning out to be at 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.
Something that I have noticed that has made a huge difference from eating a lot of Salmon, is not only energy that I feel for the next 2 days, but my skin seems to be a lot clearer. It's a miraculous food. So what happens if you're the only one who is willing to eat it, because no one else in the family likes the "fishy" taste? Well, I have the answers, and recipes:). The main recipe that I use, because its incredible easy and fast, is just plain and simple Zesty Italian packs.
Zesty Italian Salmon:
Put some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on pan
Sprinkle 1 pack of Zesty Italian Season on both sides of Salmon
Salt and Pepper to taste
*sometimes I also sprinkle on some Parsley just on one side for some extra taste.
This is the one I use the most, and Brad hated the "fishy" taste of Salmon, but loves the Zesty Italian season on it.

Another recipe: (this is from
Maple-Glazed Salmon with Pineapple:
1/2 cup maple syrup (make sure to get sugar free)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 6-ounce salmon fillets1
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 fresh pineapple1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
(This recipe feeds about 4 and takes about 15-20 mins to make)
Get in the habit of making Salmon a part of your usual grocery list, it might be the best thing you put on it! If it gets expensive, sacrifice some foods that you know might not do as much as Salmon for your health, and you'll start seeing a difference.


Elizabeth said...

As a Michigander we hardly get enough vitamin D, so that is great to know about salmon! Thanks for the recipes, we will be trying it this week even though we aren't fish's all about the health right?

Lance, Tiff n Ash said...

Im so excited about this recipe!
Lance is also a fish hater... So ill just have this recipe ready when he gets home, that way hes got no options or time to complain. :) And hopefully he'll enjoy it.
I knew fish was healthy.. but had NO IDEA it was that good for u! Im gonna havta purchase this when it goes on sale and stock up.
Ill letcha know when and where the good sales are when I find em :)

tracie said...

I've been out of the blogging loop and have missed 3 posts!!! Now I need to comment on every one. hehe. I love salmon lately. I'm going to have to try that recipe. Looks delish!!!