Get your omega-3s with clean eating salmon

Even with all the options we have at the grocery store, modern diets are rich in omega-6 but low in omega-3. We need both kinds of omega acids for our bodies to function. Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have many health benefits and should be included in a varied diet. Why should you add more omega -3s to your diet?

Omega-3s reduce triglyceride levels that lower the risk of heart disease, which is the nation’s leading cause of death. The anti-inflammatory effects of the essential fatty acids reduce joint pain and stiffness and even seem to make anti-inflammatory drugs more effective. Adding more omega-3s to your diet may boost your mood, bolster effects of anti depression drugs and have a positive effect on bi-polar disorder. While more research is needed, some studies suggest that Omega-3s protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Now that you know why omega-3s are important you can start to include them in your diet. Omega-3s can be found in salmon. Here’s an easy recipe to add to your meal plan:

Clean Eating Salmon

  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 6 ounces salmon, fresh or thawed

Add all the ingredients but salmon together in a liter zip top bag, seal bag and mix. Once mixed add salmon to bag, press out all the air possible and seal the bag. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour, turning halfway through.

Preheat the oven to 350° and put the contents of the bag in a baking dish, with foil over the top. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until salmon flakes at the thickest part easily. Serve with vegetables such as steamed Brussels sprouts.

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