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Q: I know salmon is good for me. How should I prepare it?

Posted June 26, 2013 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: These days, everywhere you turn, you hear health professionals encouraging consumption of “fatty fish,” like salmon, due to their omega-3 fats and associated health benefits.

Fatty fish are a rich source of DHA and EPA omega-3 fats which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

It’s easy to understand why we’d all benefit from regularly (at least twice per week) consuming fatty fish. Fatty fish, like salmon, are an excellent source of high-quality protein and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. There is no better time to start eating salmon than right now because it’s Alaska sockeye salmon season. Alaska sockeye salmon is prized for their succulent, rich, flavorful and silky flesh.

So how should you cook this super-delicious fish? Simply. Alaska sockeye salmon is so delicious you’ll want to let the flavor shine in all its glory. Roasting is the perfect method to bring out the best of the fish’s natural flavor. An initial blast of high heat kick-starts the browning process and kills any bacteria, and then a lower, gentle heat cooks the salmon to perfect doneness without drying out the edges.

Find Alaska sockeye salmon at your Pleasant Hill Hy-Vee.

Information provided by Molly Muchow, Hy-Vee Dietician, 4815 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill,  515-262-7944.

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