I love fish, and try to incorporate it into my diet twice a week. If you enjoy eating fish it opens up a world of opportunity to incorporate healthy, lean protein into your diet.
Fish is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important for overall health. Omega-3 keeps your brain sharp, promotes healthy skin, hair, circulation, and digestion & reduces inflammation.
That being said, not all fish is safe to eat on a regular basis. There is real concern with high mercury levels in some of the bigger fish (ie. tuna, mahi mahi), and risk of being exposed to antibiotics and harmful chemicals with certain farmed fish (ie. farmed Atlantic salmon – wild Alaskan salmon is safe to eat).
It’s frustrating when you learn that healthy food, like fish, can actually be harmful to your health. I did some research, and discovered a company called Canadian Aquaculture. Their website is a great resource to learn about the fish & seafood industry in Canada. Rainbow trout is a great option if you want to enjoy local fish that is raised responsibly & safe to eat. It’s also delicious, and very reasonably priced. An entire rainbow trout is only $10 at the Metro in Quebec near my husband’s cottage!
We had it last night on the BBQ, and it didn’t disappoint. We used a Himalayan salt block that John’s parents have, but you can cook it in the oven using my “Sweet Soy Salmon/Trout” recipe, or BBQ it on a cedar plank with some lemon.
The salt block is really interesting. You heat it up on the BBQ for 30-45 minutes, and than cook the fish directly on the block. You don’t have to use any oil or spices because the fish takes on an amazing salt flavor from the block. It’s also really healthy. The salt is mined from the ground and is a great source of minerals.
The next time you go grocery shopping look for the Canadian Aquaculture brand of fish & seafood so you can feel good about your healthy choices, and buy local!