Salmon is a hugely popular, healthy food alternative in South Africa and one of the most versatile fish to prepare. Salmon can be enjoyed in a myriad of ways: grilled, pan-seared, en papillote (baked in paper), raw, smoked, the list just goes on and on! Foodies have grown more and more health-conscious and are increasingly turning their attention to Sushi and one particular dish that’s become incredibly popular, is the Poké Bowl (pronounced “Po-keh”). It’s arguably the most popular dish on any hotel and restaurant menu and for very good reason – it’s nutrient-dense, packed with fresh and punchy flavours and gorgeously “Instagrammable”! Mercury levels in farmed salmon have also decreased since the feed now contains a higher vegetable content and resulting in fewer environmental toxins than oily wild fish.
Here are 4 Health Benefits of Salmon:
Supports Heart Health
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, the building blocks for our brains as well as slowing down the development of cardiovascular diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen the cardiac muscles, lowers cholesterol levels and maintains the elasticity of veins and arteries. When cholesterol levels decrease, blood pressure follows suit. Making Salmon a regular
feature in your meal routines may assist in reducing systemic inflammation and also prevent conditions such as hypertension, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
It’s rich in vitamins and minerals
Proteins and amino acids are vital components of human tissue, cells, hormones, enzymes and other parts of the body. Salmon contains easily digestible proteins and essential vitamins that are absorbed by the body and they’re free of cancer-causing compounds like other red meats. It is an excellent source of “good cholesterol“. Salmon is also loaded with essential
minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, and selenium. In particular, selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant, reduces the risk of certain cancers, prevents mental decline and boosts the immune system.
Contains omega 3
Omega-3 is a component that the body can’t produce on its own. That’s why it’s important to find food sources or even supplements which contain a lot of it. One such food is salmon, and it’s rich in omega-3. This component has a lot of health benefits. It helps reduce the risk of developing diseases, and it promotes the health of joints, skin, neurological development,
and more. Some types of salmon contain more omega-3 than others. Out of all the salmon types, the Atlantic salmon is the one that includes the highest concentration of this component.
Promotes Whole-Body Wellness
A key vitamin found in Salmon is Vitamin D. It’s imperative for our daily functioning, and deficiencies lead to various diseases and illnesses such as persistent fatigue, bone and/or backache and most importantly, depression.
Try this easy Poké Bowl recipe:
450g Food Inmind Norwegian Salmon (cut into bite-sized cubes)
Cooked brown rice
1 Avo pitted and cubed 🥑
Spring onions sliced thinly
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
4 tbsp cooked Edamame beans
1/2 tsp Black Pepper Flakes
Pickled ginger / Seaweed
Whisk together the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, seeds, and pepper flakes. Add the cubed salmon and spring onions. Marinate for 6 to 10 minutes. Scoop brown rice into bowls, top with the marinated salmon, avo, seaweed salad, and pickled ginger.
**If preferred, squeeze a dash of fresh lemon on top
Or, visit one of our clients La Boqueria for an out-of-this-world taste experience. Be sure to order their mouthwatering Poké or the Salmon Ceviche Bowl!