Warm weather is just around the corner, making now the perfect time to get your summer recipes in order. Tacos are a great option for any summer party with family or friends, as they’re easy to eat and guests can customize them. But with all the world’s proteins available to you, including vegan options that about 40% of consumers are trying to include more of in their daily meals, it can be hard to choose which to prepare.
Before we get to the tasty taco recipe, let’s dive into why fish provides you with a plethora of health benefits that you don’t often see with other meats.
The Health Benefits Of Fish
One of the best benefits of fish is that it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for your cardiovascular health. These fatty acids reduce the risks associated with heart attacks and strokes while also lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, and tuna, are also high in vitamin D. As most people have a vitamin D deficiency, incorporating fatty fish into your diet is an important step in staying healthy. When you have the right amount of vitamins and nutrients in your diet you’ll also have a healthier immune system and a lowered chance of contracting a cold, of which Americans get about one billion every year.
Vitamin D is important in developing strong bones as well. A lack of vitamin D or calcium can put you at risk of bone diseases such as rickets, osteoporosis, and fractures. When combined with high amounts of muscle-strengthening potassium, you will be able to participate in more high-endurance activities like hiking, which had approximately 44.9 million participants in 2017. Salmon has particularly high levels of potassium and when you pair it with other nourishing foods like red kidney beans, you will have a meal that is working hard to improve your muscles.
Summer Garden Fish Tacos
These fish tacos are the meal you want to eat on a hot summer day. Packed with vegetables and protein, these light tacos will leave you with a full belly but also with plenty of energy to get you through the day. The recipe below uses tilapia fillets as the fish of choice, but you could use any fish you prefer. As the average American eats approximately 15.5 pounds of fish every year, we’re sure that you have some personal favorites in mind. Here is a delicious fish taco recipe that creates four servings and should only take about 20 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes of grill time:
- Grill the corn and pepper. First, lightly oil your grill rack. Remove the husk from one medium ear of sweet corn. Halve one poblano pepper and remove the seeds. Place the corn and pepper on the grill, cover them, and cook over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are tender. Remember to turn them occasionally and allow them to cool slightly after grilling.
- Grill the fish and squash. As the corn and pepper are cooking, sprinkle your four tilapia fillets, of about four ounces each, with salt. Halve one yellow summer squash lengthwise. Start grilling the fish and the squash, covered, over medium heat for between seven and nine minutes, or until the fish begins to flake easily with a fork and the squash is tender. You only need to turn them each once.
- Prepare the vegetables. Once the corn is cooked, cut it from the cob and place it in a bowl. Chop your grilled pepper and squash as well and add them in the bowl with the corn. Stir in one chopped heirloom tomato, one-third cup of chopped red onion, three tablespoons of coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, one teaspoon of grated lime zest, and three tablespoons of lime juice.
- Construct the tacos. Warm up eight taco shells on the grill. Serve the fish in the warm shells and top with the corn mixture and slices of ripe avocado. Enjoy!
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating less-than-savory food. When you eat these tasty tacos, you can know that you’re also enjoying a healthy meal. You’ll be getting the vitamins you need while also protecting against diseases like macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness in older adults. Take the steps to optimize your health today by preparing foods packed with nutrients that you want to eat again and again.