There’s no denying that salmon is up there in being one of the highest quality proteins we can consume in our diet.
Aside from this, salmon also offers us other amazing health benefits that we really can’t ignore. You’ve probably heard about essential fatty acids, and as the name suggests they are ‘essential’ to our diet. The human body, however, is unable to synthesise these, meaning we must consume them via our diets. And it’s not just Salomon that can provide these little essential gems, the same goes for other oily fish such as mackerel, herring, fresh tuna and sardines.
So what else can salmon do for us…
- Lowers our risk of cancers and other chronic diseases such as asthmas, depression and diabetes.
- Lowers our blood pressure.
- Is a great source of brain food – helping us to function better day-to-day. This is especially good with the hectic lifestyles we all lead.
- Omega 3 fatty acids help to keep our heart healthy and our joints supple.
- Great source of potassium, selenium and vitamin B12.
So now we know all the benefits of this wonderful fish, why not try this really simple recipe that can be prepared and cooked in under 20 minutes!
Calories per serving: 276 kcals
- Protein 30g
- Total Fat 16.5g
- Carbs 1.5g
- Omega 3 3.4g
Serves: 1 Prep time: 5 mins
- Salmon Steak
- Thumbnail of ginger, finely chopped
- Garlic Clove, finely chopped
- 1/4 chilli, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 spring onions, sliced lengthways
- Asparagus, trimmed
- Place the ginger, garlic, chilli and soy sauce into a sandwich bag and give a really good shake.
- Cut a sheet of tin foil about 3 inches longer in length either side of the salmon and double the width each side.
- Lay the asparagus in the centre and place the salmon steak on top.
- Start folding a parcel around the Salmon, leaving the top open. Make sure the sides are secured as you’ll need this to act as a poaching pouch, keeping all the ingredients in!
- Pour the ingredients of the bag on top of the salmon and garnish with the spring onions on top.
- Seal the top of the pouch and place on the BBQ or in the oven for between 10-15 minutes depending on how you like your salmon cooked.
Serve with a green salad and either 50g brown rice, 4 new potatoes or cous cous, for a really satisfying and balanced dinner.
Then why not try some other, really simple home-made marinades such as a tbsp of sweet chilli sauce, 2 tbsps of orange juice, orange slices and carrot ribbons.
be.fit tip: try to eat oily fish 3 times a week to ensure you get your quota of omega 3. This can be in salads, stir-frys or even just as it comes!