Sardines used to scare me big time. I’ve seen them all over the blogworld lately (namely on Kath’s blog) and last night, when I was throwing together my lunch for today, I prepped everything for tuna salad to discover that I was totally out of canned tuna. Might have been a good idea to check that first, but that’s another story for another day. What I did find was a can of sardines in the depths of my fridge that was somehow still good until August 2012.
That can of sardines had just 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, and packed a whopping 19 grams of protein. How could I say no?
To make myself feel better about the whole thing, I did a little research on sardines to find out just what the health benefits were. Here’s what I found:
- Sardines have a high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids and are one of the best sources of Omega 3’s, surpassed only by a few fish, including Salmon.
- It’s better to get your Omega 3’s from sardines than salmon since they are smaller and there’s less of a chance of toxin accumulation – like mercury.
- Good source of Vitamin D, which is found in very few foods in such a high amount as in Sardines.
- Also a good source of Vitamin B12, Vitamin B3, calcium, protein, tryptophan, selenium and phosphorus
- Sardines contain no carbs, so blood sugar remains stable.
- Sardines are cheap, convenient, and portable.
For my sardine salad, I added 1 can of sardines (3 points), chopped celery (0 pts), chopped cucumbers (0 pts) 1 tbsp of Olive Oil Mayo (1 pt) and some salt and pepper.
I mixed it all together and there you have it.
I had the sardine salad (4 points) on top of a bed of sprouts (0 pts) in a flatout wrap (1 pt):
And ate it with some cucumber spears and celery sticks.
Verdict? I actually LOVED the wrap! I really like tuna, and the “fishiness” is pretty similar to tuna. The flavor was great and it left me so full and satisfied.
What about you? Have you tried sardines ? Would you or not so much?