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Reel in the benefits with our summer fish dishes

20 JULY 2012

With summer finally on the way, it's time to start cooking fresh, light dishes.

Fish and seafood are the perfect main ingredients for a summery supper and a great way to top on on Omega-3. 

These sea-dwelling delights vary enormously in flavour, texture and their suitability for different cuisines. 

 

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Versatility aside, the health benefits are plentiful. Fish are typically loaded full of Omega-3 fatty acids – but don't let the word "fatty" deter you. These are the good, essential fats which give fish its reputation as "brain food". 

Omega-3's are proven as powerful anti-inflammatories which help the body cure all sorts of ailments.   

Particularly high in the Omega-3 stakes are mackerel, trout, salmon, sardines and anchovies. And whilst white fish might not contain as much, it's low in fat and high in protein – vital features of a healthy diet.

The perks don't stop there.

Fish is also packed with vitamins and nutrients that can lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Nutritionists recommend that we eat at least two portions of fish per week.

Try hitting your target with these summer fish dishes:

Trout and Ginger Salad adds some zing to a healthy salad.

For an Asian twist on fish try Mackerel with Lime and Coconut Marinade with Sweet Potato Wedges

Seafood Brochettes with White Wine Hollandaise pose a little culinary challenge for an amateur cook but the outcome is exquisite.

Combining two super-healthy ingredients, Salmon and Asparagus Stroganoff is creamy but light.

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