By: Leanne Ely
I don’t need to tell you how healthy fish is. We all know by now that fish is packed with nutrition and that we should be eating at least a 3-ounce serving of cooked fish each week.
According to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, trout is actually one of the most healthy types of fish you can eat. And get this, farmed trout may be a better option than wild trout since wild sources may contain environmental contaminants. Most farmed trout are raised in waterways protected from pollutants.
Aside from being healthy, trout also happens to be one of the most delicious fish you can eat. There are several species of trout found in the US and Canada including lake, rainbow, bull and brook, all of which have the same nutritional content.
Trout contains Vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, B6, folate, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese and selenium. But, the following are the greatest of trout’s health benefits:
B12. A cooked 3-ounce trout fillet provides you with more than 75% of your daily recommended intake of B12.
Protein. That same 3-ounce serving of trout contains 37% of your recommended daily intake of protein.
Omega 3 fatty acids. A serving of trout contains more than your daily recommended amount of fatty acids.
When you buy whole trout, it’s best to clean them before cooking. First, cut the head off, and then slice down the trout’s belly from under the head to the tail. You can remove the entrails this way. (Tip: Reserve the heads for your next batch of fish broth!)
There are many ways to enjoy trout. Try pan frying the fillets, baking them in the oven or best yet, over a grill in the backyard to see which method you like best.
Trout is a favorite fish of mine—I’m blessed to live in a part of the country where it’s readily available. Regardless of what’s available in your neck of the woods (or not), you need to know about our brand new Spring 30 Day Paleo Challenge we have happening right now! http://30daypaleochallenge.com/ We even have a private Facebook page for our Challengers—I’m in there daily, come check us out!