Good afternoon and happy International Women's Day! There are some great events going on in London and around the world, with so many different cultures getting involved. Check out some of them here.
Also, business leaders have pledged to give more women senior management positions to bridge the gender gap, with recent studies showing that having more women in top positions can help to increase their team's productivity by 66%. Read more about their pledge here.
I hope you have enjoyed some sunshine (even if it is still cold!) and managed to get a small dose of Vitamin D.
Food of the week
Speaking of vitamin D, this week's 'Food of the Week' is salmon, which you may be surprised to find is a great source of vitamin D.
There are a number of health benefits to eating salmon:
- Heart Health - Salmon’s main health benefit is that it is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, an excellent 'good' fat. These good fats help to lower LDL 'bad' cholesterol which raising HDL 'good' cholesterol. Some studies have also shown that salmon can help to lower your blood pressure and even prevent hardening of your arteries (atherosclerosis) which will lessen your chances of having a heart attack.
Repair of Muscle and Tissue - The protein in salmon is easy to digest and absorb into your body and the amino acids it contains are vital to the health of your entire body. Amino acids help to repair muscle and tissue and are the building blocks of our body.
Vitamins and minerals.
Salmon contains a good amount of Vitamins A, B and D as well as the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium.
Brain and Nerve Benefits
Omega-3 fatty acids can also help your brain to work better and improve your memory. The consumption of salmon has been shown to help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Salmon is power packed with disease fighting acids, minerals and vitamins. So whether you bake it, grill it or eat it raw in sushi, salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle.
Here is a link to some tasty recipes:
- Fennel Crusted Salmon and Green Beans
- Courgetti with Flaked Salmon, Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes
- Salmon Nicoise (says serves 2 but I would halve the portions)
Don't worry about the fat content listed for each recipe – these are good fats!
A great vegetarian source of Omega 3s is Flaxseed, which you can buy pre-milled to sprinkle on your cereal to get your daily dose.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!