Heart-Healthy Sides To Go With Your Heart-Healthy Fish

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There are a few sides that will electrify your favorite seafood entrees, while serving a healthy punch to disease.

Choose sides that are high in antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals, and cook them in a way that retains all the good stuff.

Here are a few suggestions:

Grilled Asparagus

1 cup of asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium. It is also full of vitamin k, vitamin B6, and folate — all of which have anti-aging properties. Asparagus also contains chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

Serve with heart-healthy salmon or halibut for a mega-dose of health benefits, but asparagus also pairs well with tilapia, orange roughy, trout — any fish of your choice will do.

Sweet Corn

Not only is this a kid-pleaser, but it is also full of fiber, which is necessary for the digestive system. One cup of corn provides about 18% of your daily fiber requirements.

Besides having a sweet, simple flavor that is a perfect complement to any savory fillet of fish, it is also rich in vitamin B1, B5, folate, and vitamin C.

Serve up corn in a nice seafood chowder or try grilling it on the cob, dusted with pepper and little smart balance butter. You can also try sautéing corn with green chilies and onions. Serve with red snapper for an interesting twist.

Tomatoes

This versatile fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, higher tomato consumption significantly reduced high LDL cholesterol levels, while also increasing resistance to oxidation (damage by free radicals).

Tomatoes have high levels of lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant which is known for its cancer-fighting properties, and is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

Serve your seafood with a simple Italian salad: sliced tomatoes, onion, and mozzarella cheese drizzled with a little olive oil and herbs. Serve pan-seared trout with whole wheat pasta tossed with sundried tomatoes, olive oil, and seasonings.

Sauté tomatoes, onion and garlic with Italian-herb blend. Spoon mixture on top of some grilled striped bass.

Pairing your fish with heart-healthy veggies is always the way to go. You can’t lose with fish being the ultimate healthy fast-food. Make eating healthy an adventure!

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