Sardines for Health:

Pack a Tin of Sardines for a Healthy Picnic and Long Life

by Leah and Josh Day

Sardines. Nasty, right?

They make us think of anchovies, which everyone knows are the epitome of disgusting and only your weird uncle eats them. They come in a tin, tightly packed together, they're messy, and they stink. Why would anyone eat sardines in the 21st century?

At least that's what we used to think.

Turns out high quality sardines don't stink. The tin may be a little tricky to open, but you're not going to fall backwards from an overwhelming pungent odor when you finally peel away the lid. While they are messy, it's nothing a little fork work can't bring under control. Yes, they may appear unappetizing, but if you enjoy the taste of fish, you will be pleasantly surprised with the flavor of premium sardines.

And if you're a sushi lover, we guarantee you'll like sardines.

Wikipedia has the following to say about sardines:

Sardines or pilchards are a group of several types of small oily fish related to herrings, family Clupeidae. Sardines were named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once in abundance. [...]

Good quality sardines should have the head and gills removed before packing. They may be also eviscerated before packing (typically the larger varieties) [...].

They may be packed in oil, or some sort of sauce.

The best part is the extraordinary health benefit these humble fish offer. Sardines are practically little Supermen when it comes to nutritional value. They contain substances that are proven to benefit your skin, joints, memory, and even boost your energy.

Rich in omega 3 fatty acids -- the crucial long chain variety you can only find in seafood, not vegetable matter -- sardines also offer high levels of Coenzyme Q10, which is a powerful antioxidant and is known to promote a strong immune system.

As if that's not enough, sardines are also high in calcium and vitamin D.

We all know we should eat healthy foods.

Unfortunately, most people do not really know what that means exactly. There's almost too much information out there, but very little actually makes sense or is applicable to modern daily living.

What do we do instead?

How We Determine Healthy Foods

Well, at our house, we mainly eat foods we know aren't bad for us. It's much easier to look at a particular food and ask, “Could this be bad for us?” rather than to try to puzzle out its exact nutritional value.

That said, when we run across a particular food that we find just absolutely wonderful, we really can’t help but share it with friends and family members.

We like to do this especially if the food is unusual or most people have preconceived notions about it.

As outlined above, sardines generally get a bad rap and negative comments from people who, in reality, don't know what they're talking about.

Before actually trying them, our preconceived notions led us to think that sardines would be scaly, pungent, and overwhelmingly fishy flavored.

To our happy surprise, Vital Choice sardines are anything but. They have a texture very similar to canned tuna or salmon and are excellent when spread on crackers.

Flavor-wise, these sardines are slightly spicy with a hint of red pepper (we ordered the "spicy" variety). Vital Choice sardines are also canned in extra-virgin olive oil, which adds to the flavor and nutritional value.

We definitely advise anyone looking for a healthy snack food to try sardines. The overwhelming health benefits aside, for us the taste says it all.

To try the premium Vital Choice sardines we like so much, click here and then choose "Canned & Pouched Seafood" from the "Our Products" link on the menu bar at the left.

We especially like the Sardines in Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil, Spicy from Vital Choice.

Editor's Note: Josh Day is my son, and Leah Day is my daughter-in-law and an award-winning quilter. She shares insights almost daily about quilting and art and life on her very popular blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project. To see Leah's gallery of beautiful quilts that she's created, click here. If you're a quilter, both of these sites require a visit right now!

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