Rich in healthy omega-3s, easy to cook, and delicious to eat, it’s no wonder sustainably raised salmon appears in restaurants and supermarkets around the world.
Smoked, grilled, sautéed, or baked, salmon is one of the most versatile proteins. For instance, eat a few slices of smoked salmon on whole wheat toast for breakfast. Or a grilled salmon fillet with vegetables and rice for lunch or dinner.
Why We Love Salmon and You Will Too
Dive into these four reasons why we love salmon and why it should be part of everyone’s diet, according to South Florida chef Gerry Cea.
There are thousands of ways to prepare salmon
“Salmon is one of the best proteins to eat when you’re trying to maintain a healthy and clean diet,” says Cea. “The most popular salmon preparation method is to grill or sauté the fish and pair it with vegetables.”
Additional preparations include sautéing salmon in a white wine sauce with lemon, paired with a refreshing salad. Or, incorporating salmon into a pasta dish using gluten-free pasta, an olive oil-based sauce, and pan-seared salmon fillets. Even better, place grilled or baked salmon on a bed of broccolini and a squash medley. So check out salmon recipe inspiration here.
It’s one of the most nutritious proteins
“Salmon has many nutritional benefits,” Cea explains. “It’s a high-quality protein with various antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.”
“A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of farmed salmon has 2.3 grams of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids,” according to wellness website, Healthline. “Unlike most other fats, omega-3 fats are considered “essential”. Meaning, you must get them from your diet since your body can’t create them.”
Eating salmon may promote weight loss
In fact, consuming salmon can help someone lose weight – and keep it off. Similar to other high-protein foods, salmon helps regulate the hormones that contribute to appetite.
In other words, salmon keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time. Which means you may be less inclined to pick up that afternoon snack if you’ve had salmon for lunch.
Not only that, salmon is low in calories compared to other proteins. So on average, a 3.5-ounce serving has about 200 to 300 calories.
Salmon can be incorporated into just about any diet
Gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, keto, and beyond – salmon is one of the easiest proteins to incorporate into a diet. The fatty fish is flavorful on its own, though it can be complemented by a variety of spices as well.