Salmon and Sleep.
Sleep and salmon may seem like an odd combination but go with me for a minute.
Salmon is a popular fatty fish that it’s loaded with nutrients and has many impressive health benefits. Salmon is a great source of protein, B Vitamins, Potassium, selenium, and antioxidants.
But how does salmon improve my sleep?
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The combination of Omega fatty acids and Vitamin D found in salmon is one of the key factors in improved sleep.
These have both been proven to increase natural levels of serotonin. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer and sleep booster.
FYI, serotonin can also enhance your sex life.
All in all, salmon is a great option when you are trying to improve your sleep.
Steamed Salmon with Lemon Aioli is a delicious and healthy option. Do not serve it with simple carbs if sleep is an issue.
People who eat simple carbs in the evening will often find their sleep disrupted.
Steaming is a fast, easy, and nutritious way to prepare salmon. It can be served warm or chilled, making it easily transportable to the office or other away-from-home dining spot.
FOR THE STEAMING BROTH:
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 carrot, roughly chopped
- 1 rib celery, roughly chopped
- ½ small onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large lemon, quartered
FOR THE LEMON AIOLI:
- ½ cup organic mayonnaise
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of white pepper
FOR THE SALMON:
- 4 (6‑ounce) skinless salmon fillets
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a wide 5‑ to 6‑quart pot, combine all the broth ingredients,squeezing the lemon quarters into the water and adding the lemon rinds to the pot.
- Place a steamer rack, either metal or nonstick silicone, in the pot. The broth level should just meet or be below the level of the steamer rack.
- Bring just to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to low, place a lid on the pot, and simmer the broth for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.
- While the broth is simmering, combine all the aioli ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set aside to serve with the salmon.
- Sprinkle the salmon fillets with the salt and pepper.
- Place the salmon fillets in a single layer on the steamer rack and replace the lid.
- Steam the salmon for 5 to 6 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°F when tested with a digital thermometer. The fillets will be a light pink-orange color.
Serve the salmon warm or cool with 2 tablespoons of the lemon aioli per serving.
- Serving Size: 6 ounces salmon, 2 tablespoons aioli
- Calories: 450
- Fat: 31 g
- Saturated Fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 38 g
- Cholesterol: 125 mg
Does this recipe sound like one you would enjoy?
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To Your Health,
Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy
P.S. This post has been updated from the original publication.
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