Sardines, a wonder food!
Recently, I posted a photo of my dinner on Facebook; dinner consisted of a huge salad comprised of dark green & red leafy lettuce, kale and baby spinach as well as lots of cut up veggies…tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, avocado (for healthy fat and that beautiful creamy texture), red onion and some fruit for a surprise sweetness and a beautiful pairing with the red onion. I’ve been alternating between mango and ripe pear for the fruit. I top the greens, fruit and veggies with a mixture of ground flax seed, sesame seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts.
With the salad, I included sardines for my protein, and those sardines are what generated comments and questions. I thought I’d address the sardines and share a link to buy them online, if you’d like to add them to your diet as well.
Sardines are quite the wonder food! They are named after the island of Sardinia, where they used to be plentiful. When sardines are older and bigger, they are called herring. Sardines are a very healthy food! They’re rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain development and proper brain function. Omega-3s are key in controlling inflammation in our bodies and can be helpful in preventing heart attack, stroke, and cancer. They may also assist in controlling autoimmune diseases as well as being of benefit to people with health challenges such as diabetes, breast cancer, memory loss, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and arthritis among others.
A concern with modern consumption of fish is the level of mercury we may be ingesting. Because sardines are small and at or near the bottom of the food chain, they don’t accumulate the contaminants that need to be avoided in larger fish. Also, sardines haven’t been overfished; because the more predatory species have been overfished, sardines are thriving today and are in plentiful supply.
I like the “Season Brand” Sardines. They are packed in olive oil and salt only and contain about 1,300 mg Omega-3 Fatty Acids per container! In addition, they are a quick and reasonably priced way to get a wonderfully healthful serving of protein when you’re pressed for time.
I hope you’ll give these sardines a try. They are delicate in flavor and not at all fishy tasting. Click here to order these delicious sardines. I always keep them in the pantry for a really tasty, quick serving of protein anytime I need it!
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