By Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, and speaker. Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC
Many people only eat salmon when eating out at restaurants. Once you learn how to very quickly and easily grill or broil salmon at home, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it at home more often. Not only is salmon tasty, it’s a “great” healthy fat. In today’s blog, I’m sharing with you a really quick way to marinade salmon with a few ingredients and the benefits of eating omega-3 rich foods, like wild salmon.
Quick Wild Pacific King Salmon on the Grill
- Create a simple marinade with fresh lemon juice, dill, and green onions by mixing the ingredients together.
- Marinade the salmon in your refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat grill to medium high.
- Grill for about 3 minutes.
- Flip the salmon and grill for another 3 minutes.
- Let the salmon rest for a few minutes, as it will continue to cook.
Why We Must Eat Omega-3s
For optimal health, we must eat about 30% good fats every day, every meal. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for many areas of health, including:
- Reduce inflammation, which is often considered the root cause of many diseases, such as heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease
- Lower risk of heart disease: lower blood pressure, triglycerides (blood fat), and cholesterol
- Improve brain health, which positively influences memory
- Help depression and mental health, and may be beneficial for ADHD, autism, and dementia
- Reduce joint inflammation and pain
- Reduce risk of diabetes
- Benefit bone health
- Protect eye health
- Synthesize hormones
- Reduce risk of cancer
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in beef, eggs, and poultry, but are most abundant in the fat of cold-water, oily fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are also available in supplement form.
EPA and DHA Essential Fatty Acids in Cold-Water Fish
Cold-water fatty fish are a rich source of the two essential omega-3 fatty acids: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These nutrients benefit long-term physical and mental health. EPA supports heart health, and DHA supports brain development and function.
Learn more about culinary techniques and a few additional ways to cook salmon at home, in my book, A New View of Healthy Eating.
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