Maple Glazed Salmon with Tomato-Dill Couscous

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Valentine’s Day may have been a week ago but thats no excuse to stop showing your heart a little extra lovin’! February is American Heart Month by the American Heart Association so its the perfect time to stop and take a second to really think about your ticker. February isn’t just about reminding others how much we care about them; but taking some time to really take care of ourselves too!

 

So I decided to bring in the big guns for this post – I’m letting Ashley, RD, loose on you guys with a few important tips for loving our hearts so they can love us back. Especially for us ladies – heart disease is the #1 killer of women, with the right education and good nutrition we can take down those numbers and lead strong and healthy lives!

 

Show Your Heart Some Love this Valentine’s Day

A heart healthy diet emphasizes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources while limiting intake of unhealthy fats, cholesterol and sodium.  Physical activity is also an essential part of a heart healthy regimen.

1. Cut back on cholesterol:

Foods high in cholesterol include eggs yolks, fatty meat, whole milk, cheese, shrimp, lobster and crab

2. Limit saturated fats and trans fats:

Includes fatty meats, poultry skin, bacon, sausage, whole milk, cream, butter, stick margarine, shortening, fried foods and packaged foods with hydrogenated oils.  .

Instead of butter or stick margarine, try reduced-fat, whipped or liquid spreads.

3. Ditch the salt shaker:

Avoid processed foods like canned, frozen and snack foods; deli or cured meat, sausage and cheese.

Limit use of condiments, sauces and salt seasonings. Instead try lemon or lime juice, vinegar, peppers, hot sauce, herbs and spices.

4. Incorporate more omega-3 fats (good fat):

Found in salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines.  Aim to eat fish twice a week.

Also found in walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil, flaxseed oil and ground flaxseed.

5. Boost your Fiber Intake:

Aim for 20 to 30 gm per day

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Aim for 2 servings of fruit and 2.5 servings of vegetables.

6. Physical Activity:

Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: www.eatright.org

 

So to help you incorporate some heart healthy foods into your diet I decided to share one of my favorite salmon recipes! This recipe’s from Cooking Light and it is fab-u-lous! Warm, spicy maple syrup glazed salmon with a bright tomato-dill couscous – YUM! 20 minute meal (I’m not kidding), so even better for your heart! No stress, no fuss, just heart healthy goodness. Enjoy everyone! And have great weekends!!

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

As always – nutrition questions or comments?? Tweet Ash at @AshleyMcGinnRD

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Comments

  1. I love salmon and am always looking for a new recipe! This one looks perfect and my husband will love the couscous on the side :) Thanks for the heart-care tips – we all need a little reminder every once in a while.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Becky :) I agree, we all know we need to eat healthy, but sometimes it helps to see it in writing every now and again! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  2. I love glazed salmon! Yummy :-)

  3. This dish looks wonderful. I love it when foods I like, like salmon are good for you. Great recipe!

  4. Wow, this looks FAAANTASTIC! I missed it in CL, but that’s probably because the photos weren’t so stunning! Yours looks beautiful!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Aw thanks Nicole! I missed it too! I only found it when I was randomly scrolling through their recipes… so happy I found! Its really yummy :)

  5. This salmon dish looks delish! It`s my favorite type of fish. So, I love that it`s healthy.

  6. Glazed salmon is the best! I swear I could eat some sort of variation on it every single day. And the tomato dill couscous sounds really good, too. I think I see a meal very similar to this somewhere in my future :)

  7. The salmon looks delicious. Another great use for my bottle of syrup in the fridge.

  8. This salmon looks great and good tips too. If only I could ditch salt ;)

  9. Ooooh I love this. I tend to get bored with salmon because I always cook it the same way. Thanks for the great new idea.

  10. I’m loving the recipe for tomato-dill couscous. And your salmon looks beautiful too – I’ve never tried salmon with a maple glaze, but I’m thinking I must! :)

  11. this is so gorgeous and delicious! a fabulous meal Kristina!

  12. I love salmon and couscous, what a great recipe!! I am bookmarking for later :D

  13. That salmon looks heavenly. Definitely trying this!

    Arantha

  14. I’ve only recently begun to enjoy couscous…this looks simple and delicious! Also would go well with many other dishes. Yum!

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