Salmon isn’t called a superfood for anything; Salmon is considered to be healthy due to the fish’s high protein, high omegas fatty acids and high vitamin D content. It is one of my favorite fishes to eat right after Chilean Sea Bass and Black Cod.
What exactly is a superfood? So here is the technical description of a superfood that you can find pretty much anywhere. “a superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” Still confused? I was too. There are tons of foods that fit into that category, so what makes it a superfood?
Nutritionally speaking, there is no such thing as a superfood, yet I hear that in the marketing of foods all the time. Congratulations, to the marketing team that came up with that term because it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for a while. Here are some of the foods going around as superfoods, not that they are super in the nutrients they provide but how did they get put into that unique category?
1) Dark Leafy Vegetables, like Kale, Swiss chard, Collard greens, Turnips, and Spinach because they are an excellent source of nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber.
2) Berries are called a nutritional “powerhouse” of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
3) Green Tea, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds, which carry strong inflammatory effects.
4) Eggs, due to the many nutrients including B vitamins, choline, selenium, vitamin A, Iron, and Phosphorus.
5) Legumes, they earn the term superfood because they are loaded with nutrients and play a role in preventing and managing various diseases.
6) Nuts & Seeds, also packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
7) Garlic, because it is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and fiber.
8) Turmeric, it has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and is currently the focus of much research surrounding turmeric.
9) Ginger, high in antioxidants, such as gingerol.
10) Salmon, is highly nutritious, fish packed with healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, potassium, and selenium.
There are so many more but do you see a pattern here? What did I list that you didn’t already know you should be eating? I didn’t see chocolate cake or ice cream as a superfood but give them time. With enough studies, you never know. What I’m trying to point out is all you ever need was common sense when eating superfoods, or things that are packed with nutrients. You probably didn’t need a study of every component in salmon to know that 1 to 2 servings a week were good for you.
Have you ever heard for every Superman there is a Batman? Ok, I just made it up, but it should be a saying. Our salmon recipe is the Superman, but we are kicking up his superpowers by adding lime and rosemary essential oils to it. When you add essential oils to anything your recipes, you kick up the flavors with a natural, holistic and delicious option. If you have never cooked with essential oils, your tastebuds are going to go nuts. Enjoy this Blackened, Rosemary & Lemon Salmon, I mean SUPERFOOD!