For National Heart Month I wanted to post one of my favorite salmon recipes. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon can lower your risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings per week of fish to provide adequate omega-3s. Although fish oil supplements are popular, the American Heart Association does not consider them a fish equivalent.
Fish is also a great source of lean protein and contains little saturated fat. Grilling, steaming, or baking fish are the best options for cooking. Avoid battered and fried fish and fish with butter or cream sauces.
Most salmon recipes use teriyaki, bourbon, and soy sauce marinades that are delicious but can contain a lot of sodium. Large amounts of sodium in your diet can put excessive strain on your heart by raising blood pressure. The recipe I have been using contains little sodium and leaves a fresh taste to the salmon.
My favorite pairings with fish are always brown rice and asparagus. I placed 1/2 cup brown rice on the bottom of a serving bowl and topped with fresh steamed asparagus, the grilled salmon, and a side of avocado for some more healthy fats.
Check out my other heart healthy eating tips here.
– Carly & Courtney