Lately I have been really getting into raw foods. Everyone knows of my love for raw dairy but when I think of the raw diets, I think of really bizarre dehydrated concoctions. Do not get me wrong I love the idea of introducing more vegetables and raw foods into our diet but for my home “raw food” is raw milk or maybe raw carrots and green beans with homemade dressing. There are loads of benefits from eating raw foods, when you eat raw foods you are eating the healthy bacteria, cultures and enzymes that coexist naturally within foods. When you cook food, it kills off a great variety of these natural goodies. (With fish this includes the DHA that is so prized.) Although salmons calorie and health benefits don’t really change that drastically when cooked at the very least you are pasteurizing the enzymes. (as a general rule more enzymes = better digestion and better mineral absorption)
Rustic Raw Salmon Salad- (One Serving)
- Wild Alaskan Salmon, About 4 Ounces Thinly Sliced
- 1 teaspoon Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminios
- Fresh Grated Ginger
- A pinch of Powdered Wasabi Powder
- Sesame & Sea Vegetable Seasoning
- Place the sliced salmon out onto a plate.
- Drizzle with soy sauce
- Top with fresh grated ginger, a sprinkle of wasabi powder and a sprinkle of sushi seasoning. (toasted sesame oil might be nice too)
- Serve immediately.
Note: For easy slicing use salmon that has was previously frozen and thawed for 10 to 15 minutes or place your fresh salmon into the freezer for 15-20 minutes before slicing. Use a sharp knife and watch your fingers.
Salmon is a super food that offers a great amount of –
- Vitamins A & D
- DHA, Omega Fatty Acids
The fats found in salmon are uniquely beneficial to aid circulation and heart function, soothe inflammation and even enhance mood and brain function. Salmon is great for your skin, hair and fingernails, and if that is not enough, salmon is great for fertility, pregnancy and early childhood development due to the Fatty acids that are known to boost brain development and circulation. Although “conventional medicine” says that raw fish is a no-no for pregnant women, there are a lot of people who avidly disagree. Raw or cooked salmon is a great source of nutrients for practically everyone under the sun. I supplement my boys with fish oils but I always believe that whole foods are always the best source of vitamin and mineral intake. If you can get your family to enjoy salmon just once a week you are making a big difference! Just four ounces of salmon can provide a full days worth of vitamin D. Canned, organic salmon can be a great budget and time saver. Toss canned salmon into pasta, salads, soups or even make a “not tuna salad” to serve on crackers or toast.
Raw Fish Risks- There are obvious risks when considering raw eggs, fish or meat. Although some say that freezing seafood or meat may kill off bacteria and parasites this really is not true. Freezing the fish simply freezes the microbes, once thawed the beasts just start back where they left off, multiplying almost as rapidly as they would in fresh foods. If the fish is not properly handled, if it is old or simply not great quality, freezing it will not fix this. The only sure way to prevent sickness, or horrible taste is to insure that you are purchasing your fish fresh or frozen from a reputable source.
Be Sure To Check Seafood Watch for the best sustainable options, I really love wild Alaskan salmon. Russian or Canadian Salmon is also a good option.