The warm temperatures, sunny days and vibrant blue skies aren't kidding this time ... spring is here, and it will soon be followed by swimsuit season. Before we know it, it will be Memorial Day.
If that doesn't make you let out a little Eek!
I don't know what will.
If you are looking for a healthy way to lighten up your eating and getting swimsuit ready, eating salmon can help, experts say. Registered dietician Jennifer Haas of Nova Medical & Urgent Care Center, Inc., in Ashburn, Virginia, says that salmon contains essential fatty acids that your body can't make: EPA and DHA. "They belong to a family of essential nutrients known as omega-3 fatty acids," says Haas.
What's so special about that? Well, their effects are sort of like spring cleaning your body. "These fatty acids are anti-inflammatory agents that can help improve mood, reduce bloating (swimsuit season, here you come!), and ensure healthy skin, nails, and hair since salmon also has the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K which are responsible for that supple, healthy façade," says Haas.
Haas isn't the only one who says that salmon is a good-for-you food. It's listed as one of the World's Healthiest Foods
. The site, which has listings of the many good-for-you foods, says that salmon is low in calories and saturated fat. Self Magazine
has also named the tasty fish one of their 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss
. Health benefits aside, I adore salmon. It's a fabulous, fast food to make when you need lunch or dinner in a hurry. But it never feels like a rushed meal. The health benefits are totally icing.
One of my favorite preparations for salmon is my Easy Roasted Salmon
. Served on a salad bed, it's a refreshing, light, perfect meal for lunch or dinner. I am also wild for Salmon Cakes
, which I make with red pepper, lemon, garlic and a few other seasonings. They are totally craveworthy, and absolutely easy and budget friendly since they are made with canned wild salmon. But don't worry, you and yours won't even know it came from a can. I also serve my Salmon Cakes on top of a salad.
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Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger. Find her online at Sarah's Cucina Bella.