Omega 3 Foods: Four Great Recipes

Omega 3 fatty acids are critical to brain health. Our brains are made up primarily of fat and much of that fat is of the Omega 3 variety. Omega 3 fatty acids are critical to health health as well and help us fight inflammation. We should incorporate these foods into our diets. We provide quick recipe ideas for four foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

The United States Department of Agriculture compiles a database of the nutrient content of foods, including Omega 3 fatty acids. At the top of the USDA list are the following foods:

  • Salmon
  • Cisco
  • Herring
  • Sardine
  • Anchovy
  • Sablefish
  • Oyster
  • Whitefish
  • Tuna
  • Halibut

Fish and seafood are abundant sources of Omega 3 fatty acid and should be a key part of our diet. Incorporate a few of the simple recipes below.

Tuna or Salmon Salad
A long-time favorite for convenience and flavor, the tuna sandwich includes Omega 3 fatty acids as well. Make salmon salad as you would tuna: open the can of salmon (remove the larger bones, a factor that does not come into play with the tuna), put the salmon in a bowl and separate it as you do with tuna. Add mayonnaise to taste and finely chopped dill pickle and onion if desired. Eat with crackers, as a sandwich, or enjoy on top of a bed of green lettuce.

Toasted Sardine Canapes
Start with finger-sized pieces of stale bread and have them ready to toast. For each piece of bread, prepare a sardine. Dip a sardine in melted butter and then role it in a mixture of equal parts cooked ham finely chopped, fine bread crumbs, and grated cheese. Place the sardine on the toast and broil until very hot. Serve garnished with parsley.

Baked Oysters
Arrange 24 oysters on the half shell on rock salt in a dripping pan and bake at 350 degrees until the edges begin to curl.

Cover the oysters in a sauce made with three tablespoons of melted butter mixed with one tablespoon lemon juice, a few drops of Tabasco sauce, one teaspoon of fresh copped parsley, and paprika to taste.

Broiled Halibut
Brush a slide of halibut with melted butter. Broil until brown on one side, turn and brown on the other side. At the same time, broil green peppers, halved with seeds removed. Remove to a hot platter and surround with potato balls and spread with piquante butter.

For the piquante butter, cream four tablespoons of butter and add one tablespoon of chopped pickle, one teaspoon of chopped parsley, granulated onion, one-half tablespoon of lemon juice, and a splash of cayenne.

Omega 3s Over the Life Cycle
Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for a developing baby. As the brain is forming, Omega 3s are a key building block. As we age, diseases of the brain are associated with low levels of Omega 3. From birth until death, this is a critical nutrient for our health. We must seek to add more Omega 3-rich recipes to our diet.

An American Royal Hotel Offers Access to World’s Best Agricultural Celebration

No one does a celebration quite like Kansas City, and American Royal is the city’s three-month celebration of agriculture and the cowboy culture. With so much to see and do, you should consider staying at a fine American Royal hotel so you can enjoy several days of fun. Each of the host hotels is just minutes from Kemper Arena and the legendary stockyards, two areas sponsoring a multitude of Royal events.

A parade in late September kicks off the event and draws millions of visitors to Kansas City, but the fun continues for weeks with rodeos, horse shows, auctions and a variety of dining experiences guaranteeing fun for the adults. Families will also find plenty of excitement for the kids with petting zoos, children’s rodeo events and educational and exploration booths set up to teach youngsters all there is to know about agriculture, livestock and the great American West. Also, concerts provide great music and the opportunity to dance a bit in a variety of settings from come-as-you-are casual to black tie elegance.

American Royal Dining Adventures

Some of the best events at American Royal involve food. On October 1-4, the world’s largest barbeque contest takes up twenty acres of the Stockyards District. Over five hundred barbeque experts from around the world gather to compete in four competitions to earn the right to call themselves American Royal Barbeque Champions. An American Royal hotel will be the perfect place to unwind after sampling miles of barbeque beef, pork or lamb. So be sure to book a room where you can relax and take a nap between lunch and dinner. There’s no way to get through all of the barbeque stands in one meal!

If you’re interested in a gentleman’s night out with traditional top shelf drinks and dining, consider Tablesteaks. This exclusive men’s only evening features the finest whiskeys and cigars as a lead-in to a dinner of Kansas City’s finest steaks. You’ll enjoy an evening learning the secrets of fine whiskey and cigars with the leaders of American Royal while contributing to their annual scholarship fund.

For the ultimate in drinking and dining pleasure, book a room at an American Royal hotel for the weekend of the annual Black Tie and Tails Finale on November 21. You’ll want to stay late and enjoy the final night’s outstanding celebration including a black tie buffet dinner and cocktails followed by the final rodeo of the American Royal’s 2009 season. After the rodeo, a beautiful candlelight dessert and coffee bar will end the evening on a gracious note.

Bring the Children to American Royal

If you’re looking for family fun, the American Royal has a day set aside just for you. Family Fun Day is October 24, and you’ll be busy from sun-up to bedtime with activities for all ages. Rodeo University will give every little cow poke the opportunity to learn a little bit about roping and riding. Follow this up with a trip to one of the best petting zoos in the west.

Hands-on activities and demonstrations at the ADM World of Agriculture will give your children a new appreciation for all that our agricultural families do for us. The Community Stage will feature lots of music and entertainment all day long, and you can drop by the Western Marketplace for everything from jewelry to cowboy boots. One of the most anticipated exhibits each year is the K-State piglet birthing clinic, sure to elicit squeals of delight.

Pure Western Fun

Of course, one of the most popular features of American Royal is the rodeo and other competitions. Whether you love barrel racing or bronco busting, there’s always plenty of excitement and friendly competition. This year you’ll want to stay at least three or four days so you can catch as much of the action as you can.

The ultimate event is the official American Royal Pro Rodeo, running October 22-24, with over $150,000 in prize money. Bull Riding is featured on October 31 and November 1, with Women’s Barrel Racing running November 5 through the 8. The Youth Rodeo Invitational from October 19-24 features the best student rodeo participants from across the country in events like bronco busting, barrel racing and mutton busting for the youngest cowboys and cowgirls.

With so much to see and do at American Royal 2009, you can’t simply come for the day. Plan on staying for at least a long weekend, and if you really want to soak up the atmosphere, plan on making a week of it. Luxurious accommodations are waiting at an American Royal hotel to guarantee you’ll be right at home in Kansas City.

Carp, Ontario – Rich Military History, Agriculture and Drive-In Bingo

Unofficially boasting the second highest UFO sightings behind Roswell. Home to Canada’s largest nuclear bunker! On again, off again, Carp is once again host to the annual Ottawa Air Show! Annual destination for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast. A location for a Tom Clancy movie shoot staring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.

Intrigued? Well you should be! The Historic Village of Carp has nothing to do with the fish by the same name. The seemingly sleepy rural community sits on the northwestern fringe of the city of Ottawa – just a bit ‘up the valley’ as they say in the (Ottawa) Valley. This small village, although predominantly a farming community, has some of Canada’s defined history running through its veins.

The [debatable] secret building of the four-storey nuclear fallout Diefenbunker, was a massive Federal Government construction project completed in 1961. Now part of Canadian Cold War history, a tour through this concert and steel underground fortress will stimulate your senses with the intrigue of espionage, spies and covert operations. Come prepared to walk up and down stairs.

Carp, in the 1960s and 70s, was noted for the unusual number of UFO sightings. This is not surprising, since the this military bunker was a military commissioned, secure defense communications installation. Department of National Defense (DND) personnel would cycle through a tour-of-duty for up to three months inside this bunker facility.

For about 40 glorious seconds in the Tom Clancy suspense movie “The Sum of all Fears”, the Diefenbunker was Mt. Weather, Virginia, USA. The inclined tunnel leading to the huge steel-vault-like doors and locations inside the complex were used as a backdrop for the movie, scripted around a nuclear attack on America.

Nice being picked by Hollywood, but the real enticement to visit this rural Ottawa Village is its local character. Rooted in agriculture, adds that ‘country fair’ feel when in June, the Carp Airport hosts the Ottawa Air Show and again in August, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 245 ) fly-in breakfast. Both of these Aviation spectacles boast aerial displays, vintage and modern airplanes and always a taste of aerial hot-doggin’. Although hosted on a smaller scale, rivals the big heart and excitement of the Abbotsford BC International Air Show.

It’s all morning fly-in action surrounding the Annual EAA Chapter 245 fly-in breakfast. Sometimes landing back-to-back the pilots, in their kit-built aircraft, circle, land and taxi to designated parking spots. Over 50 to 60 planes are flown in during this much anticipated event. Pilots eat a hearty breakfast, fuss over their aircraft, catch up on news from other pilots, and some then take off into the wild blue yonder. Others, like August Lehmann, veteran pilot of 49 years, flew in from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to attend the annual EAA Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast. Mr. Lehmann, who flew his custom made 2005 Cessna 230 H.P. Cyclone at an average speed of 130 mph, took the opportunity to visit with friends and relatives along his flight path to Carp, Ontario.

One plane that draws a lot of up-close attention is the prop-version replica kit of the Canadian Snowbird Team CT-114 Tutor jet, right down to the paint. One bi-plane had vintage enthusiasts crowding around for a closer look. Wow! Beautifully lacquered wood throughout the cockpit and on the wings. Lots of photo opportunities everywhere you turned. It was hard for shutterbugs to keep up.

It may start with the Carp Airport, but its charm doesn’t stop there. It has a few more unique long-standing attractions:

1) Home to Canada’s longest running drive-in Bingo as highlighted on the CBC Show ‘On The Road Again’ with Wayne Ronstad. Started in 1954 and still going strong!

2) Over 142 years of the Carp Fair, held during the last weekend in September!

3) Incredible sunsets and easy access to some of the best Snowmobiling and ATV trails in Canada!

Enough said! C’mon over! Chat with the locals. Bring your family and friends for a visit to one of Ottawa Valley’s gems.

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