Salmon is rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids which are important for heart health. It is recommended to include a portion of oily fish in the diet each week, but the average person has less than half a portion. Christmas is the perfect time to boost your intake, said the BNF team.
Canned salmon still counts as an oily fish – you could try mixing it with reduced fat cream cheese, lemon and pepper as a dip or mashing up with leftover potatoes and some herbs to make fishcakes. If your preference is smoked salmon, be aware that this can be high in salt and so should be consumed in moderation.
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, walnuts and flax seeds are good sources of the shorter-chain plant omega-3s and can be easily added to porridge or baked into many of your festive dishes.