This is hands down my favorite salmon recipe. Something about it reminds me of summer and it is my usual requested meal for my birthday dinner with my family. It is fresh, simple and is always satisfying. And it provides a lot of nutrients for expecting moms!
Cilantro Lime Salmon:
1lb salmon fillets
1 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
½ cup olive oil
Juice from 6 limes
3 tbsp. sugar
Directions: Mix all marinade ingredients together, and marinate fillets for at least ½ hour before grilling.
You may have heard about concerns with mercury and seafood consumption during pregnancy. The general recommendation is to keep fish intake to 8-12 ounces per week of fish lower in mercury. This includes salmon, tilapia, shrimp, canned light tuna, cod, and catfish. Although there are concerns with mercury and you don’t want to overdo it, don’t let that scare you away. Salmon is a definite superfood during pregnancy in my book.
Salmon is especially beneficial because of its high DHA content. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is often deficient in our diets, especially that of pregnant women who tend to avoid seafood more than the general population. DHA is especially important during pregnancy, lactation, and throughout childhood as it is essential for brain, eye, and central nervous system growth and development. DHA has also been shown to help lower the risk of preeclampsia and increase the baby’s birthweight. Additionally, women who are deficient in DHA have greater risks for depression and postpartum mood disorders. If you aren’t including at least 2 servings per week of salmon in your diet, I strongly recommend taking DHA supplements.
To make this a meal, I also include a portion of whole grains, like quinoa or brown rice, and veggies or a salad. This will provide a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat to keep you satisfied and to provide the nutrition you and your growing baby need.