Take a fresh approach to eating right with the “fab five” of super foods. They are packed with nutrition and flavor to jump start any meal.
What are the “fab five” and why are they so fabulous?
- Walnuts- Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids.
- Flax seed- over 50% of the fat in flax seed is omega 3 fatty acid, making it the richest plant source of omega 3. Many nutritionists recommend the regular consumption of flax seeds. They have been shown to prevent or reduce the symptoms of arthritis, colitis, cancer, heart disease and even acne.
- Pomegranates- are rich in antioxidants, quite possibly more antioxidant properties than red wine or green tea. Other benefits of pomegranates list the fruit as a source of folic acid (beneficial to pregnant women), potassium, niacin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and are a rich source of fiber.
- Salmon- this favorite fish is a very good source of easy digestible proteins (amino acids), fatty acids like Omega-3 Fatty acids in form of Triglyceride, vitamins like vitamin-D, vitamin-A and some members of vitamin-B family and minerals like Selenium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Calcium and Iron. Healthy Steps Fish Turner – features two blades for turning standard-size fish filets. Simply slide the fish turner underneath the filet, lower the second smaller blade on top, then turn the filet over in one piece – no more broken filets in the pan and on the plate.
Try this healthy salmon recipe this week. I think you’ll be impressed!
Herb Grilled Salmon with Cucumber and Peach salsa
3 ripe but firm peaches, flesh removed and finely diced
½ cup cucumber, finely diced
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 orange
1 small red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon oregano, finely chopped
Toss all the salsa ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Rub the salmon with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with herb mixture. Mix the herbs together in a small bowl until evenly combined. Rub all over the fish to coat the fish evenly. Let stand, covered at room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat a skillet over high heat. Cook the salmon 4 to 5 minutes per side, until crispy on both sides and cooked until medium. Top with salsa. Serves 4.
- Dark greens- calorie for calorie, dark greens are perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.
Taking a fresh approach to any meal means choosing healthy foods in the right portions, working these five power-packed foods into a weekly diet will help your body get the proper nutrition it needs to function at maximum capacity.