This easy, yet eye-catching and mouthwatering dinner is the perfect dish to make on a hectic mid-week night or to impress your in-laws. Salmon provides a great source of high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Choose wild caught salmon when possible to optimize the Omega-3 and vitamin D content. Incorporating fish into your diet 2-3 times per week is very healthy and could reduce your risk of stroke, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic conditions.
Side recommendations: Serve salmon with 1/2 cup of whole grains, such as wild rice, or roasted sweet potato. Don’t forget your veggies! This Moroccan Salmon tastes great with steamed broccoli, sauteed spinach, or roasted asparagus.
Serves 4 | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 15-20 minutes
Per serving: 316 Calories, 5.1g sugar, 2.2g fiber, 26.3g protein, 720mg sodium
To make your own Moroccan seasoning, mix the following ingredients together and store in an air-tight container. Yields 8 tablespoons.
Nutmeg is known to lower blood pressure, soothe digestive upset, arthritis, and help detoxify the body. The anti-inflammatory properties can be used to treat joint and muscle pain.
Coriander has been a favorite remedy for anxiety and insomnia. Now research has confirmed its tension-taming properties. Like cinnamon, coriander aids digestion. It has also shown promise in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also a chelator of heavy metals such as mercury stored in the liver. It is also effective when combating stress.
Ginger is s common ingredient in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines, ginger boasts an antioxidant power equal to vitamin C. The spice’s reported health benefits include: easing arthritis pain, improving digestion and treating colds, coughs, and flu. In addition, research has shown that ginger is more effective at combating motion sickness than Dramamine. It is also very useful for arthritis and IBS.
Turmeric is a common ingredient in curries, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that protects against cancer, lowers cholesterol and eases arthritic aches and pains by reducing inflammation, which is extremely helpful with arthritis and high cholesterol. It has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity by 300 percent. More good news: Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, was more effective at preventing the development of brain-damaging placques seen in Alzheimer's disease than any other drug being tested. Is it coincidence that India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world - and a diet rich in turmeric? Probably not! FYI: piperine, a compound found in black pepper, is thought to increase the effects of curcumin in turmeric by 1,000 times!
Cinnamon is one of the most versatile spices, cinnamon can be used to flavor everything from cookies to soups. Using cinnamon in cooking is a wise choice because cinnamon has plenty to offer. Not only does it ease common tummy troubles such as gas and bloating, but in a recent clinical trial, cinnamon significantly lowered fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels in diabetics. Worried about E.coli? New research shows that cinnamon can wipe out bacteria. When a teaspoon of cinnamon was added to highly contaminated apple juice, the E. coli was reduced by 99.5 percent after three day.
Cayenne is a popular spice in chili and it’s beneficial properties comes from its compound capsaicin, a popular ingredient in pain-relieving creams. Cayenne may also have additional health benefits. One study found that a diet rich in cayenne spiced chili protected against the formation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and another study showed that chili helped keep insulin levels low after meals.
Cloves contain a significant amount of eugenol, which is found to be effective in blocking the inflammation associated with osteoporosis, arthritis and IBS. Cloves are also a significant source of manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Source: My Foundation Diet by Kathie Madonna Swift
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