Thursday, April 22, 2010

Want to look like a model? Read on!

Want to be more beautiful? Unless your one of my many readers who is a fabulous model then here's a recipe to get you gorgeous, and it's delicious! What is this miracle food you ask? Well, maybe you already guessed it....yep, SALMON! Not only is Salmon beneficial for your health by being protein packed and high in omega-3 essential fatty acids but it also aids in giving you a youthful complexion...yippie! First off, we hear a lot about omega-3 fatty acids. We know they're good for you...but really, what are they? As their name implies, essential fatty acids are essential for human health because they cannot be made by the body, so they must be obtained from foods. Cold water fish, like salmon, are higher in these fats than warm water fish. Also, the fat composition of salmon is superior because it also has a great ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s and has a health-supportive balance of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats! (That's a mouthful). If that's not enough to convince you to eat salmon....then I'll go on to the superficial reasons...READ ON!
Lisa Dryer in her book The Beauty Diet lists 10 foods that are essential for keeping cells refreshed and in good repair.
"These foods give your body the materials it needs to keep you healthy, radiant, vibrant and young -- so you have delicate, soft skin, thick, shiny hair, long, smooth fingernails, clear, bright eyes, and a brilliant, gleaming smile."
Right on Lisa! So guess what her number one food guessed it again, Salmon! It keeps the outer layer of skin soft and smooth, reduces inflammation in the skin (especially the face) thus preventing any redness, wrinkles and increasing firmness.
Here's a recipe I made last night that was a huge hit- I got it from Sara Moulton's new book "Sara Moulton everyday family dinners." I wish she had picked a different title...It's super lame, and almost made me not want to buy the book. But, I like her stuff and this recipe is no exception to her talent. (And, it's super easy and fast)
Roasted Salmon with Hot Mustard Cracker Topping
Serves 4
1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp brown sugar
about 35 rice crackers (I liked to use the wasabi flavor ones)
Four 6oz pieces of Salmon-pat dry and remove skins (ew...)
Preheat oven to 400 and pat your salmon dry. Season both sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix together the sour cream, mustard, and sugar. Place your salmon in a 9x13 or whatever you fancy. Then spoon the sauce mixture over each salmon distributing evenly. Put your crackers in a big freezer bag and smash them with your hands. Once they're nice and crumbly, sprinkle on top of your salmon and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until JUST done. Consume and immediately look in that a model looking back at you?
Care to know what the other 9 beauty foods are???
I here they are:
2. Low fat yogurt -plain
3. oysters
4. Blueberries
5. Kiwi fruit
6. Sweet Potatoes
7. Spinach
8. Tomatoes
9. Walnuts
10. Dark Chocolate

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