Part of our Keto diet is fresh Wild Caught Fish. Our treat are small red snapper caught in the early hours of the morning in the Bay of Banderas here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. That is one of the many benefits of living along the coast. There are also good wholesome fish that can be caught in the lakes and streams so that one does not need to purchase farm raised fish.
There are fresh fish sold all over the area but if you want to be sure that it is today’s catch, you drive up the coast a few miles to a town called LaCruz. There you meet the fishing boats as they come in after a night of fishing. They start to arrive at about 6 a.m. If you are there, and want to purchase from them, they will clean them for you and package them up so you can take them home. It is fun to watch because there are dozens of Pelicans that also meet the incoming fishing boats and as the fish are cleaned, the parts that won’t be used are tossed into the air and the Pelicans enjoy breakfast. Recently we got 6 pan sized red snapper (1 kilo) for 60 pesos. That is $3.15 USD for 2 lbs 3 oz of fresh fish. I don’t think it gets any better than that.
One of the reasons we try to eat fresh wild caught fish a couple of times a week is because the health benefits of fish are greater than experts imagined – and they’ve always considered it a health food.
The calorie count in the average four-ounce serving of a deep-sea fish runs from a low of 90 calories in abalone to a high of 236 in herring. Water-packed tuna, for example, has 154 calories. It’s hard to gain weight eating seafood. Those little snappers we had for dinner yielded about 4 ounces of cooked fish per fish so we enjoyed two each.
As far back as 1985, articles in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a clear link between eating fresh wild caught fish regularly and lower rates of heart disease. The reason is that oils in fish thin the blood, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Dr. Joel Kremer, at Albany Medical College in New York, discovered that daily supplements of fish oil brought dramatic relief to the inflammation and stiff joints of rheumatoid arthritis. With that being said, I only suggest fish oil from Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon or krill oil because they are cleaner than a lot of other fish oils on the market. Think Omega-3 Fatty Acid, which the body needs and we usually do not have enough of.
With all that going on, it makes sense to replace some of the beef and chicken with fresh fish. I will repeat again, Never buy farm raised fish. Regardless of what the FDA and others tell you about the safety of farm raised fish the water they live in needs to be controlled with chemicals and whenever we add chemicals to our food we are looking for problems. Also a lot of the farm raised fish are fed pellets made of grains that someone following a ketogenic lifestyle would not have in their diet.
Make it a point to add some fish to your diet this week. A good place to start if you don’t live next to the ocean is with some wild caught Alaskan salmon..There are many ways to prepare salmon and I will share a few with you in coming articles. When I visited the states a couple of months ago I brought back a cast iron skillet that I often use to cook fish outdoors. If they are slightly larger I just go to the grill directly. The late afternoon (grill time) temperatures here in Mexico are usually somewhere between 88 and 92 degrees so if it needs to be cooked, it needs to be outdoors. I will take a few pictures and post some recipes in the coming weeks for cooking fresh wild caught fish.
Chefs Note: When you purchase salmon be sure that it is labeled “Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon”. Some of the farm raised fillets have been colored to look healthier than they are. If it is not labeled, leave it and look in the frozen section. Frozen wild caught salmon is a better choice than fresh farm raised salmon as far as this chef is concerned.
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