a Tin of Sardines for a Healthy Picnic and Long Life
by Leah and
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?
that's what we used to think.
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.
you're a sushi lover, we guarantee you'll like sardines.
has the following to say about 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.
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.
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.
that's not enough, sardines are also high in calcium and vitamin D.
know we should eat healthy foods.
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.
do we do instead?
How We Determine
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
said, when we run across a particular food that we find just absolutely
wonderful, we really cant help but share it with friends and
to do this especially if the food is unusual or most people have preconceived
notions about it.
above, sardines generally get a bad rap and negative comments from
people who, in reality, don't know what they're talking about.
actually trying them, our preconceived notions led us to think that
sardines would be scaly, pungent, and overwhelmingly fishy flavored.
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.
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.
advise anyone looking for a healthy snack food to try sardines.
The overwhelming health benefits aside, for us the taste says it all.
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.
like the Sardines in Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil, Spicy from Vital
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
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