This Valentine's week I have participated in Gluten-Free and Heart-Healthy 2013—an event spearheaded by Cara's Cravings in support of American Heart Month (thank you to Cara for wrangling us all together!). It's been a week of heart-healthy eating inspiration. If you missed any of it, you can catch up with all the contributors here:
February is American Heart Month and a group of health minded bloggers are gathering around to share lots of heart healthy recipes this week with a Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013 recipe roundup. It's my turn today, and I'm sharing a dish chock full of heart healthy ingredients—Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon served with a tangy Warm Napa Cabbage Salad and Steamed Brown Rice.
Hi there! Happy Valentine's Day! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Beth of Tasty Yummies. I would like to thank Lexie for hosting me here today as part of our heart healthy event! I am honored to once again collaborate with a group of talented and creative ladies for another amazing event.
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Meg and I run a little site called Beard and Bonnet. I would like to thank Lexie for hosting me here today!
Today I welcome Carolyn of the All Day I Dream About Food. She is here to share her contribution of Maple-Glazed Salmon Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.
Heart health. I will be honest and say it's not an aspect of my health I give all that much thought to. But perhaps I should. Here I am, rapidly approaching 40 and like every family, a few distant members have had heart disease. And uncontrolled diabetes is strongly correlated to heart disease and stroke. So I suppose it's fair to say that it's on my radar, although not, perhaps, right in the center of it.
Thankfully, for me the risks are low. I am healthy, active, with low cholesterol, and I keep my blood sugars carefully in check. And it just so happens that I adore many heart-healthy foods. Have I ever mentioned how much I love salmon? No? How about walnuts? Spinach? Red peppers? Red wine? Dark chocolate? The list of heart healthy options is surprisingly extensive. There's almost no excuse for not eating some on a daily basis.
Of course, it's not enough just to eat right. If you're not moving around, you're not doing that heart any favours. I have seen the power of exercise with my own eyes and it's pretty amazing. In my case, it was as a factor for controlling my blood sugars while in the midst of gestational diabetes (have I mentioned that diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease?). After a meal, a 30 minute walk could lower my blood sugar by 60 points or more. If you don't know much about blood sugar, let me assure you that this is a significant number. Seeing that kind of proof on my glucometer spurred me to become a semi-competitive runner. Movement and good food. It's really not all that much to ask of ourselves to stay healthy, is it?
For this particular recipe, I loaded up on some of my favourites. Salmon topped the list, because I love it. Keep in mind, wild caught salmon is best. It contains far more Omega 3s than farmed salmon, and is easier on the environment too. I glazed the salmon with Dijon mustard and some sugar-free maple syrup, and a touch of maple extract to boost the flavour (not all maple extracts may be gluten-free ... here is one that is). You could use real maple syrup if you like, but I am a diabetic so I have to be cautious there. Then I placed the salmon on a bed of greens (may I suggest spinach in your salad mix?), with chopped red pepper and some walnuts for crunch. All topped of with my homemade walnut oil vinaigrette. Let me assure you, this is no side salad...this is your full, heart-healthy, satisfying entree. Bon Appetit!