Benefits of Salmon.

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So besides that they are high is Omega-3’s , everyone pretty much knows that, there a re many other health benefits to the pink fish we call salmon!

  • The protein in Salmon and fish in general is easier for people to digest and absorb its nutrients. Its an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids like mentioned above but its also high is vitamins A, B and D. This type of protein helps muscle and tissue growth as well.
  • One piece contains 1/2 of your daily B12 recommendation.
  • With its high Omage-3 content, it helps with things like inflammation, diabetes, heart disease and much, much more!
  • Works against aging, along with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Helps speed up metabolism.
  • Helps with lowering blood sugar levels and with sugar absorption.
  • Gives you vibrant skin, hair, nails and brighter whiter eyes.
  • Helps improve or prevent depression.

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Prepping can go so many different ways. I personally love to grill it on some tin foil with a little bit of olive oil and spices… but you can bake it, broil, poach and even steam it. Doesn’t really require any seasoning to be tasty but you can definitely get some different types of meals with different seasonings. ex. Italian, mango, chili, brown sugar, rubs, marinades, sweet and tangy. . . . the list goes on! You can have it plain, mix into dishes or even have it as a breakfast option!

Wild caught salmon is the way to go, that way your not eating all the hormones and antibiotics. But if its too costly (which it can be) you will still get most of the amazing benefits with farm-raised fish as well. Store in freezer or the coldest part of your fridge.

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Benefits of Flax Seeds!

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I love adding flax-seed to my recipes, if you haven’t noticed! So here I’m going to tell you why they are so amazing and some of the benefits they can provide.

So they are most commonly known for providing a good source of Omega-3, but they also have a good source of ALA  (alpha linoleic acid), fiber, and micronutrients. They are known to protect against things such as cancer, heart disease, inflammation, diabetes, arthritis, improving blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and many other things.

You can choose different forms of flax whether you want an flax oil, the whole seed or a seed that’s been ground into to a powder form (ground meal flaxseed). Store in a cool dark and dry place for optimum freshness. ( I keep mine either in the pantry or fridge).

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Flax seed can be added to virtually many dishes because its easy to add into baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies and even meats (like a meatloaf or meatballs).Also, as you shop, you’ll probably notice that more and more things are starting to add it in because it’s so healthy! (yay) It has a light nutty flavor but isn’t too overpowering.

So whether you buy ground meal, whole seeds or an oil, enjoy the benefits and hopefully enjoy the taste! =)

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia – The Power Plant!

So we’ve been hearing a lot of controversy on this little plant haven’t we? Why? why is it go great? Well my friends I’ll tell you!

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The chia seed is very rich in polyunsaturated fats (that’s a good fat), and is one of the highest plant-based forms of Omega-3. Thus meaning not only is a super healthy fat, but it helps decrease things like heart disease, stroke, inflammation and reduces high cholesterol. Its full of fiber (10 grams per 2 tbsp.), protein, antioxidants, minerals and helps you stay fuller longer between meals. Helps with weight loss, depression and good for people with a gluten allergy-since its gluten free.

How to add them into your food? Well, first off they are virtually tasteless so its rather easy to add to almost any meal. Also, not sure if you’ve ever had chia seeds, but once added to water they poof up like no ones business. So needless to say, a little bit goes a long way haha (learned that the hard way!)

You can add them to oatmeal, smoothies, sprinkle on top of salads and add to ice cream .. for some examples. I like to use it as an egg substitute for baking since my stomach has a hard time digesting eggs… but that’s just me.

Below is a quick little video about chia seeds =) And some other links to learn more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy8fA9dt2kM