The health benefits of fish and other seafood have long been known, so if they are not on your menu, they need to be. Good things come in foil packages. Especially when those packages contain seafood.
Fresh fish contains essential nutrients that your body thrives on and there is no better way to treat your body than with these delicious and nutritious foil packs.
Salmon is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. The fattier fishes like salmon deliver omega-3 fatty acids that are known to boost brain, heart, liver, and overall health and well-being.
As part of your regular diet, eating fish like salmon (and shrimp) will boost health and longevity.
Fish is considered one of the best foods for heart health, and, with heart disease being a top cause of death among Americans, this is good to know. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish protect your heart from oxidative damage as well as control cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
The result is healthier blood flow, reduced risk for clogged arteries, and overall better heart health and function.
Get Your Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is more common than ever and contributes to hormonal imbalance. Most people turn to dairy for their vitamin D, but fish actually contains more than most dairy items.
One serving of salmon contains 100% of your daily recommended intake for vitamin D.
As we get older, our brain function begins to decline (along with other functions in the body). Natural cognitive decline can be improved with regular consumption of fish, and you can even ward off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
People that regularly consume seafood have been found to have a lower risk for neurodegeneration. Specifically, the gray matter of the brain where information is processed and memories are stored improves with fish consumption.
Depression is the most common mental disease in the world but can be naturally treated to an extent with dietary changes. Eating fish regularly has been found to improve symptoms of depression.
The omega-3 content of fish improves neurotransmitter function and mood. Omega-3s have also been found to help with other mental diseases like anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Reduced Risk for Diseases
Diabetes is a common example of an autoimmune disease. Fish oils (whether consumed as a supplement or in actual fish) have been found to reduce the risk for autoimmune diseases, most likely as a result of the protective omega-3s and vitamin D.
Getting older can lead to a natural decline in vision. Specifically, the risk or macular degeneration increases as we get older and can lead to blindness if left untreated.
Seafood and its omega-3 content provide protection for your eyes and your vision. Studies found that the risk of macular degeneration decreases significantly with regular fish consumption in older adults.
Disrupted sleep and insomnia can negatively impact your physical and mental health. Poor sleep quality can cause cognitive impairment and stress in the body, as the time needed for rest and recovery is diminished.
Our overuse of technology today (and the blue lights of screens) contributes to sleep disorders, and so does a vitamin D deficiency. Eating fish gives you the vitamin D you need to help promote sleep.
Minerals and Elements
Salmon, in particular, is high in potassium, which is important to your health. Containing more potassium than bananas, salmon is a great choice for maintaining healthy blood pressure and reducing your risk for stroke.
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By preventing excess water retention, potassium can regulate blood pressure, especially as part of a high-sodium diet. Potassium is also important in the regulation of electrolyte balance.
Selenium is an additional mineral found in salmon that works to protect your liver, as well as other organs. With liver disease becoming a more common, specifically non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, selenium is a valuable asset.
Proven to treat and even reverse some liver diseases, selenium (and salmon) can protect your liver and support your body’s natural detoxification processes.
4 salmon fillets, skin off
1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning herbs
For the Garlic Dijon Sauce:
8 tablespoons butter, melted 1 stick or 1/2 cup
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons whole grain dijon mustard
3 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
1. Prepare four 12x12 inch pieces of foil and set aside. Drizzle salmon with olive oil, rub over whole surface, then season with salt, pepper, and half of the Italian seasoning dried herbs. Repeat this process with the shrimp. To make the sauce, stir together all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2. Assemble foil packs by placing salmon in the middle, topped with 3-4 shrimp. Drizzle half of the sauce over the shrimp and salmon and save the other half for using later. Fold foil over the shrimp and salmon and pinch edges to seal closed so no juices leak.
3. Grill foil packs over medium-high heat salmon-side down for ten minutes, then flip and cook another five minutes or so until shrimp is opaque, and salmon is cooked through and flaky. Drizzle with the reserved sauce (you may need to microwave it for a few seconds first if the butter has cooled) and top with additional fresh chopped dill if desired and serve.
Seafood is versatile and full of nutrition. While salmon is the most nutritious variety of fish, all forms of seafood, like shrimp, provide essential nutrition that your body needs.
The best part about seafood is that there are so many different types, so your meals can benefit from variety and you never get bored. Start adding seafood to the menu today and watch your health move upstream.