A healthy salmon recipe is a great way to up your Omega 3 fatty acids and your vitamin D.
Fish is often called “brain food” because they are full of Omega 3 fatty acids that power your brain. Most fish are also high in vitamin D, coincidence? I think maybe not. After posting last week on the benefits of vitamin D an article found its way into my inbox. This article talks about a study that has found those with low or insufficient vitamin D levels are associated with a substantially increased risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.*
So maybe fish are good for our brains not only because of the Omega 3’s but because of the vitamin D. Yet another reason to make sure you are taking a good high-quality vitamin D supplement like this one from USANA Health Sciences!
I thought it would be fun to share this salmon recipe to give you another boost of vitamin D 😉 . This recipe is also oh my goodness so good. My mouth is watering again just thinking of it!!
Healthy Salmon Recipe: Spicy Orange Salmon with Wasabi Sauce
- 1 side of salmon, skin on (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
- 4 tsp orange zest
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
- 4-6 tsp. wasabi paste (4 tsp for medium spicy)
- 2 scallions, sliced, plus more for serving.
- Heat broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Grease baking sheet with a little olive oil. Place salmon, skin side down, on baking sheet. Mix together orange zest, salt, sugar, & cayenne and rub over salmon flesh. Place under broiler until fish begins to brown and it’s cooked through, about 8 minutes (if it begins to char move it to a lower rack to continue cooking.)
- Meanwhile, place yogurt, orange juice, wasabi paste (which can be found in the international section of most grocery stores), and scallions in a blender and puree until smooth; season with salt. Slice salmon into serving size portions. Serve with a nice side and enjoy!
In the picture, there is a tasty quinoa salad that I served my salmon with. I am planning on sharing with you next week ….stay tuned!
Wishing you a Wildly Vibrant Life
*Thomas J. Littlejohns et al. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology 2014;83:1–9.