When you’re pregnant, sometimes the last thing you want to eat(or smell for that matter) is FISH. Pregnancy ISN’T the best time to load up on all of your favorite seafoods (especially those high in mercury), however, it IS the best time to make sure you’re getting a healthy dose of your omega 3s.
Salmon is low in mercury and high in Omega 3s; an essential health benefit that reduces inflammation throughout the body, keeps your blood from clotting and inhibits thickening of the arteries. Basically, your body needs it to function correctly, according to medical reference, WebMD.
Now let’s talk protein and amino acid. Amino acids play a central role as intermediates in metabolism as well as building blocks for proteins. Failure to obtain enough amino acids can result in the breakdown of proteins within your body. And let’s not forget about the importance of protein. Your body uses protein to help build new cells, allow you to perform everyday basic bodily functions, and to maintain tissues. Essential nutrients found in salmon benefit you and your unborn child.
For the BEST salmon you’ve ever had, enjoy this family recipe:
Simply Broiled Salmon:
Ingredients (to feed 2)
1 Pound- Fresh Atlantic Salmon
1 Cup- Brown Rice or Quinoa
1 Ripe Avocado
1 1/2 Tbsp- Olive Oil
Spices- Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Parsley
Preheat oven to broil. Cook the rice or quinoa in a pot or rice maker with 1 part rice/quinoa and 2 parts water. Bring water to boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. While you are cooking the rice, line a pan with aluminum foil (for easy clean up) and rub the olive oil on the top and bottom of your salmon. You can use canola oil as well, but olive oil will give you a better flavor and is better for you. Sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika on the salmon for extra flavor. Keep additional spices minimal as salmon has plenty of flavor on its own and extra spice can just mask the deliciousness. Place salmon in oven uncovered and cook for 9-12 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.
Serve over rice/quinoa and garnish with sliced avocado and parsley.
*BROIL!!!!!!!! Don’t grill or pan cook your salmon. The grill will dry it out unless you wrap it in aluminum foil first, and pan cooking will leave you with a more chewy texture. Broiled salmon holds in the juices better and will give you a more tender, flakey fish fillet that will not disappoint.
Feel good about this healthy dinner, your body will love you for it.