Healthy Living A to Z: S is for Salmon

Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins

Salmon is known for containing high levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. Omega-3’s have also been associated with improved mood and cognitive abilities, joint protection, eye benefits and decreased cancer risks.

Look for Pacific salmon which is more likely to be wild caught. Atlantic salmon is more likely to be farmed and more likely to have lower Omega-3 levels and contains dioxins. Canned salmon is usually wild Pacific caught and can be a good option.

Salmon is not difficult to prepare. It can be baked, broiled, even grilled. Experiment with seasonings and sauces on your own or there are many wonderful salmon recipes available.

We like our salmon fillets baked or broiled with a little spicy mustard.  Sometimes we break it up and serve it as a salad on a bead of greens.  

We also love salmon patties made with canned salmon. I bake mine at 400 degrees on a baking sheet coated with a little pan spray instead of frying. They are not as crisp on the outside, but still good.

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