All About Salmon

All About Salmon

It’s National Seafood Month and we’re celebrating by sharing our love for salmon. Salmon is commonly known to be a very heart-healthy protein, but did YOU know that salmon has other great health benefits as well. Salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a great source of protein and has many essential vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Selenium, phosphorous, and iron. All of these allow salmon to provide its various health benefits, according to Healthline.

Health Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids not only help to reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing the functioning of the heart muscle and decreasing heart arrhythmias. Fish is recommended to be consumed twice a week by the American Heart Association because of the benefits to the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids provided by salmon can also help to promote health joints, skin, and help with neurological development when taken by pregnant mothers. It can also reduce aggression, impulsivity, and depression in adults, as reported by Medical News Today. The vast amount of protein provided by salmon provides essential amino acids to the body that help to promote growth and strengthen bones. The protein can even help promote weight loss as it maintains metabolism. The Vitamin D in salmon can actually even help to reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis and cancer. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements states that salmon can also help to prevent mental deterioration from aging and thyroid disease through the selenium that it provides to the body. On top of all of this, salmon can also help
with maintaining diabetes and healthy cholesterol levels.

Incorporating Salmon Into Your Diet

Salmon can be cooked in many ways, including baked, broiled, seared or grilled. Livestrong recommends eating salmon with a side of steamed vegetables for a meal that will not only help with maintaining heart health, but will also give energy and reduce hunger. It is also great alongside pasta or rice, on top of salads, or formed into patties for salmon burgers. Here at STONEFIRE Grill, we prefer our salmon grilled with Lemon Garlic or Sesame Glaze, with a freshly prepared, simply delicious salad.
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All About Arugula

All About Arugula

According to LiveStrong, arugula has been named one of the most nutrient-dense foods that YOU can eat! Arugula has vastly more calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and iron as iceberg lettuce. Other vitamins and minerals that arugula contains in large amounts include folate, potassium, manganese, beta-carotene, along with various other phytochemicals and antioxidants. Overall, arugula might have more health benefits than various types of lettuce and other vegetables.

Health Benefits

All of the nutrients provided by arugula can help the body much more than you may have ever expected. Livestrong states that arugula can help with weight management, lowering blood pressure, improving eye sight (especially at night), and reducing the risk of both cardiovascular disease and cancer. It can also reduce the risk of muscular degeneration of the eye muscles and inflammation throughout the entire body. Interestingly, the folate in arugula can help pregnant women to reduce the risk of having babies with birth defects. Heal With Foods also adds that arugula can boost male fertility and act as an aphrodisiac. It has even been shown that arugula can help to prevent osteoporosis, improve diabetes, and improve athletic performance by reducing that amount of oxygen needed during exercise. Organic Facts also believes that it can strengthen bones, improve skin quality, strengthen brain functions, and boost the immune system.

Arugula in Your Diet

Adding arugula into your diet might not be as hard as you may think. If you plan on cooking or preparing it yourself, it is recommended that the greens are used within a couple of days from when they are purchased. Any wilting, bruised or yellow leaves should be removed. All green, healthy leaves should be put in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes to remove any dirt. Once they are drained and dried with a towel, they can be cooked in many ways, including being steamed or sautéed, or used fresh to create a salad. If you cook it, arugula is great with eggs, pasta or potatoes. If you choose to leave it raw, it is great in a smoothie or as a salad base.
Two of our salads here at STONEFIRE Grill use arugula as the base. Come on in to try out arugula in our Roasted Corn & Arugula Salad, Seared Ahi + Arugula or The A.B.G. Salad! Feel free to substitute arugula in any of YOUR favorite salads.
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All About Kale

All About Kale

It’s no secret that kale is full of nutrition that makes it very good for you. According to Medical News Today, kale has been found to be one of the healthiest foods in the entire world. Kale provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals to the body. Kale is packed with fiber. It also provides many vitamins, including Vitamins C, B6, and K. Other nutrients that kale provides to the body include potassium, calcium, iron and beta-carotene.

Health Benefits

All of these vitamins and minerals allow kale to provide the body with numerous health benefits. Kale helps to promote healthy skin, hair, and healthy digestion. It can also lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and asthma, along with lowering blood pressure. Mark Houston from Vanderbilt University claims that an increased intake of potassium and a decreased intake of sodium are the best ways to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The high potassium in kale also reduces the risk of stroke and the formation of kidney stones. According to Medical News Today, the high-fiber content of kale can help to improve blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels of people with Type 2 Diabetes. The iron in kale also helps the liver to function correctly. Lastly, kale lowers inflammation, reduces cholesterol, and improves eye health (Michigan State University).

How to Incorporate Kale Into Your Diet

Kale is great in many different forms. It can be used in sandwiches, or cooked in a variety of different ways and then added to meals. To cook kale, it is recommended by Michigan State University to cut the kale into half-inch pieces and then steam it. Kale chips have also become increasingly popular in the last few years. Here at STONEFIRE, we like to use kale in our salads, like our Golden State Kale or Jeanette’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad! YOU can even substitute kale in any of our salads! Find your local STONEFIRE Grill to give them a try!
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All About Shrimp

All About Shrimp

According to Health.com, shrimp is a healthy part of one’s diet. Did YOU know it is recommended to eat seafood twice a week? Shrimp has become the most common shellfish eaten in the United States today, but did you know that is has numerous health benefits that make it not only fairly inexpensive, but good for you too?
Shrimp is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin B3, zinc, iron, and calcium. It is also a great source of protein with a relatively small amount of fat. All of these characteristics of shrimp lead to it’s numerous health benefits.

Health Benefits

Shrimp does a lot of good things for your body that you might not even know about! Shrimp has the ability to help with weight loss and prevention against cancer. Heal With Food says that shrimp can help regulate the body’s energy expenditure, fat storage, and appetite, thus helping with weight loss. Shrimp is also full of antioxidants that not only boost the immune system, but also help keep eyes, skin, hair, and internal organs healthy. It has also been known to prevent cardiovascular problems. The calcium in shrimp can strengthen teeth and bones, preventing osteoporosis. Iron can help blood flow, including to the brain, which decreases inflammation and improves memory. Tufts University posits that shrimp also has almost no mercury, making it safe for women who are pregnant, along with children.

Shrimp in Your Diet

Shrimp has the most health benefits when grilled, steamed, or sautéed, as opposed to fried. Some suggestions from Heal With Food include risotto with shrimp, salads with shrimp, or shrimp omelets. Here at STONEFIRE, we like our Lemon Garlic Shrimp from the grill! We coat our shrimp in lemon, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, and parsley, throw it on the grill, and them serve it over quinoa. Bon appétit!
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All About Spinach

All About Spinach

Spinach is no stranger to the health food world, but there are many uses to spinach that many don’t know about. It’s no secret that spinach is a superfood that is packed with vitamins and minerals, including iron, Vitamin K, calcium, Vitamin A, potassium and many others. Contrary to what Popeye believed, spinach doesn’t give you super strength. (BBC) But did YOU know that it does have numerous other health benefits?

Health Benefits

Spinach might be helping you more than you even thought possible! As per Organic Facts, spinach is believed to have the ability to increase energy, strength (not quite as much as Popeye), and blood quality. Spinach is also an anti-inflammatory, and could potentially protect against cancer due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Spinach may also help to improve skin quality and help to control hunger, fullness, and blood sugar levels. Other health benefits include better eyesight, lowered blood pressure, prevention against muscular degeneration due to age, increased bone strength, prevention against heart problems like heart attacks, increased neurologic functioning, and healthy development for fetuses and children. It may even play in role in lowering the risk of asthma. Its benefits all come from the rich assortment of vitamins and minerals that spinach provides. (Medical News Today)

How to Incorporate Spinach

So, now we know how good spinach is for you, but how can you incorporate it into your diet? Spinach is best when it is between medium and dark green. It’s vitamins and minerals are most prevalent when the vegetable is fresh. Spinach can be served raw, as in a salad for example, or cooked down and added to a meal. Raw spinach blended into a smoothie with other fruits and vegetables is thought to be the best way to consume all of the vitamins and minerals contained in the vegetable.
Need some more specific suggestions? We like our Spinach Salad. With quinoa or grilled chicken, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, tomato, mozzarella cheese, avocado, croutons, and Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette mixed in with spinach, you can’t go wrong. If you want a the benefits of spinach but don’t like the sound of our Spinach Salad, you can substitute spinach in for the greens in any of our 15 other market fresh salads! And don’t worry, our spinach is ALWAYS freshly prepared!