Healthy Heart Equals a Happy Life
Many of us like the cooking shows on cable TV and I am no exception.
So, the other day I’m watching one of my favorite Italian chefs and she was going on and on about using sardines.
How do you build a TV segment on the benefits of sardines?
Okay, so I am one of the many uninformed people when it comes to all the benefits of sardines and how best to enjoy them.
To be clear, sardines are not anchovies. They are both small fishes packed in tins and that may explain the confusion. They are an acquired taste, like snails or escargot.
I have heard of people eating sardine sandwiches, but personally, I am not one of those people.
I have no idea what sardines taste like, but I prefer my seafood fried, grilled or poached.
I did read that they can be fried or grilled. Now, I may be on to something new to try. They may become my new favorite food!
So, the next time I am in the market I will be reading the different sardine labels and planning a new recipe.
The best canned sardines are packed in olive oil, not water, as olive oil imparts great flavor and helps to keep them moist. Also, most have already had their heads removed, they have been washed and cooked or smoked.
As you peruse the canned meat aisle of your grocery market, you will see many brands of canned tuna, salmon and sardines. They are all various prices, so if you are looking for a new taste to add to your menus, you will enjoy reading the labels for the countries of origins.
Many people have been looking for new ideas for dining since so many of our favorite eating establishments have not been open during the lockdown.
Why not give sardines a try? Some people like them on pizza. I am more of a traditional pizza lover.
Salads and main courses or an appetizer plate with your favorite country bread or crackers with a spicy mustard or garlic aioli. Pickles.
So many ways, so little time!
Yes, you can eat them directly out of the can. That makes them a great snack if you are out hiking or biking for the day. Road trip. I do suggest bringing several lemons, as that helps with the fishy smell right out of the can.
All canned fish need a little lemon juice, like salmon and tuna.
Let’s Talk Health Benefits
These little fishies are loaded with healthy nutrients.
Omega -3 fatty acids may help to prevent heart disease due to their anti inflammatory properties.
Vitamins-they are an execllent source of vitamin B-12.
Calcium-excellent source of calcium and minerals. Little sardine bones have calcium in them.
The fat that they contain is monounsaturated fat, which is linked to reducing LDL. Consumed in moderation they minimize the risk of stroke and heart disease.
What About Weight Loss?
If you feel full, they might help with weight loss.
They do help to stabilize blood sugar. Some people eat more than they need when their blood sugar drops and sardines can help keep you on an even keel.
If you feel full, maybe you won’t be shoving cookies and donuts in your mouth.
Possible weight loss is a reason to give sardines a try.
Many people enjoy a Mediterrean diet, considering it to be much more healthy than the standard American diet. I believe that goes without saying.
The term sardine is English, possibly coming from the Mediterrean island of Sardinia.
Sardine or pilchard are the common names of small, oily fish from the herring family.
There are numerous ways to enjoy eating sardines and knowing the health benefits of them, makes it even more enjoyable.
Do your heart a favor and add sardines to your weekly menus.