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So, this is a totally non-nutrition related post. But, I felt it worthy enough to share. I was tired of eating at a boring looking table and chairs. The chairs are wicker, and didn’t look stylish at all.
Not very inviting to come eat dinner at that table. In fact, we barely eat at the table. As a side note: about 93% of Americans eat in front of the TV which is a contributor to weight gain. So, part of me figured if I made a pretty new table it would be inviting to come eat our meals there. Mostly, I just wanted a new craft project.
There is still one chair in the corner that I was working on.
I spent about 1.5 days working on this. The table and chairs originally cost me $60 from craigslist, and the supplies to make it pretty cost about $46. What a deal! $106 spent total on a fancy new table and chairs that would normally cost at least $500.
- High gloss espresso brown paint (I was going to stain it, but the finish on the wood wouldn’t sand down very well). ($11)
- Paint brush ($4).
- Batting to cover the wicker ($10-11).
- Fabric (about 2.5 yards–I got extra if I need to re-upholster a chair). (~$20)
I tried steelhead fish tonight. It tastes just like salmon and is cheaper than salmon. Steelhead is in the trout family even though it looks like salmon. Steelhead is also known as sea rainbow trout. Like salmon, steelhead travel back to fresh water to spawn (they live in the ocean, but breed in fresh water). And they are a very popular sport fish because they do a lot of jumping around in the water.
The nutrition facts are very similar to salmon making steelhead a very healthy choice. From one serving of about 3 oz (100 g) you will get about 1 g of omega 3. The recommendation from the American Heart Association is to eat fish two times per week. If you are supplementing the recommendation is anywhere from 1 to 4 grams of omega 3s (in the form of EPA and DHA) per day. The upper levels of supplementation is recommended for those with high cholesterol and/or heart disease. Those with diabetes or bleeding disorders should definitely seek a doctor before supplementing.
Studies show the strongest evidence for heart disease prevention. People have begun taking fish oil for a variety of reasons like arthritis relief, joint pain, depression, mood and psychological disorders, skin health, IBS, and possibly some cancer like prostate and colon cancer.
Finally, don’t forget to remember to think sustainably when you buy your fish. You can find a Seafood Watch Guide here. It’s important to be a responsible consumer and try to choose the fish that are not being over-farmed or grown using irresponsible practices. From what I have researched, steelhead seems to be a sustainable choice.
I was watching Giada the other day, and she was making salmon dinner. It looked delicious and healthy. So, when I went to my family’s house we decided to re-create the whole meal. Even though it is the middle of the winter, light summer-like meals are a nice change from the root veggies, soups, and stews.
You can find the Giada recipe for the salmon and the salsa verde here. For the citrus salsa we left out the mint because I don’t care for mint and neither does my Dad.
And then my little brother (not so little though–he is 15 and about 6 ft tall) ate a hotdog because he doesn’t like fish or many veggies or couscous! Picky teenager. I made him use whole wheat bread to ate least get some nutrition 🙂
Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend.