Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
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King of Healthy Fish
Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fats our bodies can’t make.
Omega-3s are vital for brain function, healthy skin and hair, and your heart and nervous systems.
Although omega-3s are also found in flaxseed, seaweed, and nuts, cold-water fish (like wild salmon, mackerel, and herring) are the best sources of omega-3s.
Types of salmon include:
*Chinook or king salmon, found in Pacific waters from Alaska to Southern California, can reach up to 120 pounds.
A 4-ounce piece (raw) has about 200 calories and 2,300 milligrams of omega-3s.
*Coho or silver salmon are found in the Pacific as well as some freshwater lakes, like the Great Lakes.
A 4-ounce piece (raw) has 166 calories and 1,410 milligrams of omega-3s.
Recipe of the Day: Sesame Prawns
This recipe is all about “a little goes a long way.”
The flavor of toasted sesame oil is pretty intense – you don’t need much for major flavor.
If you don’t eat shellfish, you can substitute bite-size pieces of fish like salmon or flounder.
Makes 4 servings
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
2 scallions, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes (optional)
3 tablespoons + 1/2 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
1-1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 pound prawns or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (see note), for garnish
2 cups cooked wild or brown rice
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
Combine the cilantro, mint, scallions, ginger, garlic, chile flakes (if desired), and 3 tablespoons of the broth in a food processor.
Pulse until the mixture is minced but not pureed.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add the onion and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes, or until just tender.
Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep the heat.
Add the sesame oil to the skillet and place over medium-high heat.
Add the cilantro mixture and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup broth and bring to a boil.
Add the prawns and soy sauce and cook for 2 minutes, or until the prawns are just cooked.
Return the onion-pepper mixture to the skillet and stir for 1 minute to heat through.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve with warm wild rice.
Note: Toast sesame seeds on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through.
Per serving: 290 calories, 8 g total fat (1 g saturated), 170 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 27 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugars), 4 g fiber, 28 g protein.
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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD