Try a Great Local Fish: Rainbow Trout

I love fish, and try to incorporate it into my diet twice a week. If you enjoy eating fish it opens up a world of opportunity to incorporate healthy, lean protein into your diet.Fish is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important for overall health. Omega-3 keeps your brain sharp, promotes healthy skin, hair, circulation, and digestion and reduces inflammation.That being said, not all fish is safe to eat on a regular basis. There is real concern about high mercury levels in some of the bigger fish, such as tuna and mahi mahi. There’s also a risk of being exposed to antibiotics and harmful chemicals with certain farmed fish, such as farmed Atlantic salmon.  Wild Alaskan or Pacific salmon is safe to eat, and available at Wal-Mart & Metro for only $10, but make sure the package says MSC certified.

It’s frustrating when you learn that healthy food, like fish, can actually be harmful to your health. I did some research, and discovered a company called Aquaculture. Its website is a great resource to learn about the fish and seafood industry in Canada.

I recently read about rainbow trout that is farmed in Northern Ontario in Manitoulin Island. Even though the trout is farmed you can read all about the safe farming practices on the website. Rainbow trout is a great option if you want to enjoy local fish that is raised responsibly and safe to eat. It’s also delicious, and very reasonably priced. An entire rainbow trout is only $10 at the Metro in Quebec near my husband’s cottage!

We had it last night on the BBQ, and it didn’t disappoint. We used a Himalayan salt block that John’s parents have, but you can cook it in the oven using my Sweet Soy Salmon/Trout recipe, or BBQ it on a cedar plank with some lemon. The salt block is really interesting. You heat it up on the BBQ for 30-45 minutes, and than cook the fish directly on the block. The fish takes on an amazing salt flavor from the block. It’s also really healthy. The salt is mined from the ground and is a great source of minerals.

The next time you go grocery shopping look for the Aquaculture brand of fish and seafood so you can feel good about your healthy choices.

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