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Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon + Himalayan Salt | SCD, Paleo, Keto

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Throughout all the testing we have had done through Functional Medicine, one element has always remained consistent; my son's omega-3 levels have always been good. In fact, the doctor is always so surprised that they are high because they see several patients who test low in omega-3's. We rely on fish weekly as a source for protein, and one of my goals for my family this year is to reduce our red meat intake and increase our vegetable intake. In addition to eating a well-balanced diet that is high in fish, we also take omega-3 supplements. THIS product was recommended to us by the Cleveland Clinic's Functional Medicine Department, and while it is not technically 100% SCD compliant, we have had no problems and do use this product.

Benefits of Salmon
1. Salmon is one of the best sources of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
2. It is an excellent source of protein.
3. Salmon is high in the B vitamins and Potassium.
4. Astaxanthin, an antioxidant found in salmon, may benefit heart, brain, nervous system and skin health.
5. Helps fight inflammation.
6. Both fatty fish and fish oil have been found to reduce depressive symptoms, protect fetal brain health during pregnancy, decrease anxiety, slow age-related memory loss and lower the risk of dementia.

So how do I buy a healthy smoked salmon that is compliant with the SCD diet?

The first thing you want to do is check for any added ingredients, such as extra salt, sugar, starches or flavors. The smoking process naturally adds plenty of flavor, so the healthier option is to buy smoked salmon with no added extras. Look carefully because almost all brands of smoked salmon have added sugars! You'll also want to consider a product that has the oceans eco-system in mind. We often buy our fish or meat and don't ever think about where they come from or what they are fed. Unfortunately, the regulations for farmed fish are very loose. I like to follow the Seafood Watch website, which is supported by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and they also have a great app for easy convenience.

Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon
Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 avocados, mashed
2 small tomatoes, sliced
1/2 lemon
6 pieces toast, I use Liberated Specialty Foods Cashew Crème Bread
4 ounces smoked salmon*, I use Blue Circle brand
1 tsp Himalayan Pink salt
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Toast your bread and spread the mashed avocado on each slice.
2. Add two tomatoes slices to each piece, drizzle with olive oil, and add the salmon.
3. Add a squeeze of lemon and touch of salt and enjoy!

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