Salmon is a favorite of mine! It’s easy to make, flavorful and super nutritious.
This popular fatty fish is loaded with nutrients and may reduce risk factors for many diseases.
It's also tasty, versatile and easily available.
The American Heart Association recommends eating a variety of fish, preferably oily fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, herring, etc.), at least twice a week.
However, not all salmon is created equal.
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Wild Caught Salmon vs Farmed Salmon
Wild caught salmon is caught in natural environments such as oceans and rivers. These fish eat a natural diet that's found in their environment.
Farmed salmon, on the other hand, come from fish farms and fed a diet of processed, high-fat, high-protein feed in order to produce larger fish
Wild salmon contains more minerals while farmed salmon is higher in vitamin C, saturated fat, and calories.
I highly recommend buying wild-caught salmon. It has more flavor and nutrients, and it's more natural, which I love.
Salmon is wonderfully healthy for you!
The Benefits of Salmon
Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse that can provide many benefits when included as a regular part of your diet.
Here are a few benefits of eating salmon:
- it's rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and decrease risk factors for other diseases.
- salmon is high in protein, which helps your body heal, protect bone health and prevent muscle loss.
- it's a great source of potassium, which helps control your blood pressure and reduces your risk of stroke
- eating salmon often can help you lose weight and keep it off by reducing appetite, boosting metabolic rate, increasing insulin sensitivity, and decreasing belly fat.
- salmon is good for mental health because it may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, decrease the risk of age-related memory problems, and more.
But even though it's super healthy, not everyone loves it because it can taste…fishy.
A Solution for the taste
So here's the deal. If you or your family don't eat salmon because of the taste, add a sauce or glaze to your salmon so that the fishy taste isn't the focus of the dish.
While I love salmon, my husband and kids aren't huge fans because it can have a strong fish taste.
For this reason, I work to find ways to incorporate other fish into our diet as well as ways to make salmon taste amazing.
Today I'm giving you a go-to honey dijon salmon recipe with ingredients you likely already have (yippee!).
It's perfect for those nights when you don’t have the time or energy to put a lot into dinner.
A Perfect, Fast Weeknight Recipe
My honey dijon salmon recipe is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes, tender, and super tasty due to the honey, dijon mustard, and soy sauce!!
I love that this simple recipe tastes like you worked hard. But you really didn't.
Shhh…I won't tell if you don't! 🙂
It doesn’t take away the amazing flavor of the salmon but it, rather, enhances it.
If you’re trying to work more fish in your diet, this is the recipe you want!! Accompany with rice pilaf and steamed veggies to round out your healthy meal and fill you up.
With all the benefits that salmon offers, it's worth experimenting to find ways to add it to your regular diet and menu rotation.
And because it's such a versatile fish, simply adding a sauce or glaze to your salmon can be just the thing you need to help you enjoy it!
Tell us in the comments below: do you eat fish on a regular basis? What is your favorite fish to eat?