Salmon is packed with nutrients essential to a healthy lifestyle! It is an excellent source of B12, vitamin D, and selenium. It's also a great way to get your daily niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B6.
The Health Benefits of Salmon
Increased Cardiovascular Health: Salmon contained high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These fats are responsible for many heart benefits including reducing inflammation and preventing the formation of blood clots. It is recommend that we consume 2-3 servings (1 serving is 3 oz.) of salmon each week. Salmon can protect you from heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, high blood pressure and high triglycerides.
Salmon Protects You Eyes: Eating salmon twice a week has be proven to significantly decrease the risk of macular degeneration-a chronic eye condition that leads to loss of vision.
Salmon is a Excellent Source of Vitamin D: Other than exposure to the sun, it's hard to get our recommended daily intake of vitamin D. Sufficient vitamin D is crucial to maintaining optimal health and a deficiency in vitamin D can lead to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type-1 diabetes.
Try this delicious, heart-healthy salmon recipe tonight to improve your overall health!
2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
3 mild hot peppers, seeded and deveined, diced or sliced
Juice from 2 limes
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Mix the salt, coriander, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the grill.
Combine the avocado, onion, hot peppers, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
Grill the salmon to desired doneness.
Serve the salmon topped with the avocado salsa with brown rice or baked red potatoes and steamed green beans or asparagus on the side.
Recipe courtesy of: http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/06/30/grilled-salmon-with-avocado-salsa/