Nutritional Swaps Part I

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Eating certain foods is healthy, and there is no question about it. Healthy choices are the backbone to a nutritious diet. However, eating the same healthy foods can lead to dietary burnout. So what are some great alternatives?

Holy Mackerel Batman. Sorry for the corny lead in. Salmon is truly a super food. It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and is a source of vitamn D. But since I brought it up, what if you substitute Mackerel for Salmon?

Mackerel is also jam-packed with omega-3s. Not only are omega-3s loaded with heart-protective powers, but recent research suggests they can also provide a boost in the gym by increasing blood flow to working muscles.

Mackerel is an excellent source of vitamin D which has various health benefits. Vitamine D promotes the health of bones and teeth
This vitamin supports the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system. VItamin D helps regulate insulin levels and aids in diabetes management. It supports lung function and cardiovascular health.

If you are a conservationist type of person, you will be happy to know that Atlantic Mackerel has healthy populations. Mackerel fishing methods are also considered less harmful to the ocean than some other fishing methods.

Mackerel preparation is not special. You can prepare mackerel filets as you would salmon. It can be oven roasted, pan fried, grilled and my favorite, planked. Smoked mackerel can add flavor to a sandwich or salads. The best news is that Mackerel is often half the price of Salmon giving you a more affordable nutritional option.

So when you are looking for an idea on what to serve this weekend, don’t reach for the Salmon again. Grab some Mackerel filets and some cedar planks. Put a little olive oil on the Mackerel, some fine sea salt, a couple sprigs of rosemary and some lemon. Serve on the planks. When cooked properly, the meat will easily separate from the bones and the skin can be cut through with a serving fork and spoon. If you have squeamish guests, you can remove the head and tail before serving.

 

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