When prepared and cooked the right way, fresh fish becomes a sure palate pleaser for all your dinner guests. We already know the amazing protein value of fish, especially if you are watching your weight. Fresh fish is packed with nutrients that the body depends upon for maintaining healthy function on a daily basis. Better still is the wonderful flavour that fresh fish can bring to the table and really make your average meal an exciting foodie experience.
As for health benefits, many varieties of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which play a critical role in supporting the healthy functioning of both body and brain. A regular diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help you stave off dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, and ADHD, scientists say.
Fish is also widely viewed as a heart-healthy food because of its good fatty acids and natural oils. In fact, many recent worldwide studies clearly indicate that people who consume fresh fish regularly as part of a healthy diet, can potentially lower their risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack. Fish has also been found to aid prevention of asthma in children, whilst also deterring any reduction in vision among our senior citizens.
The fabulous take away for these health benefits is that your taste buds will also thank you. Cooking any fish or seafood is really very quick and many recipes are perfectly suited to suit our busy lifestyles and can be prepared in just minutes. Try some of our favourites out;
Baking or broiling your fresh fish allows you to put all your favorite spices and herbs on it before placing into the oven. For example, you can simply sprinkle a lovely fillet of salmon or white-meated fish with dill and olive oil. Surround it with a few slices of lemon for some zest. Who would think that this burst of flavour is actually guilt free?
Pan frying fish is probably one of the simplest ways to prepare a meal that is still healthy. Just pay attention to the type and volume of oil you put in the pan. Cook the fish skin-side down first, until it gains a crispy quality. Then just turn it once the skin becomes lightly browned crispy.
Alternatively, dip the fish in a little batter for fish and chips. The key to keeping this dish healthy is what you add into the batter. Serve it up with a fresh green salad and your meal is ready!
Typically, thicker cuts of fish are best for grilling. You can season them with your favourite spices or herbed oils. Serve grilled or with steamed vegetables as a side for a perfect light lunch or dinner.
Try any of these easy ways to prepare fish. They each work for just about any kind of fresh fish you use, without the need to add any unhealthy sauces, presertaves or flavorings. Add some fresh tasty fish to your weekly meal schedule and help keep your entire family fit and healthy.
11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Eating Fish, authoritynutrition.com
Health Benefits of Fish, doh.wa.gov