Fresh salmon is the answer for time pressed moms and can help address the growing obesity issue in children, says Holly Clegg, recognized author, chef, and working mother.
"Working moms are facing huge challenges getting healthy food quickly on the table for their families," says Clegg. "We know that fresh salmon itself can multi-task: it's a super health food, it's fast, and you can make more than one meal at once.
"Fresh salmon from Maine and Atlantic Canada is one way to attack the myth that fast means unhealthy," says Clegg. "It's high in protein and it contains key vitamins and minerals, so you know it's a great food to serve your family. And with very little planning you can cook one meal and make three more out of it, minimizing mom's time in the kitchen."
Clegg adds that salmon is a natural source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which recent studies have shown to be critical for vision and improved brain development in infants. Pregnant women, nursing moms, as well as developing children, will benefit from salmon's "brain food" qualities.
Clegg, known as the "Queen of Quick" and author of a best-selling cookbook series, takes every opportunity to show moms, who are often in charge of meal planning and preparation, how to boost their families' menu with what she called the new 'super fast food.' Her recipes are simple to prepare and use everyday ingredients. Using a basic salmon recipe for one meal, Clegg shows moms that by cooking extra they can prepare three other unique and delicious recipes like salmon salad, bisque, and sliders.
Clegg is eager to help as child obesity rates continue to rise. With parents working more hours, it leaves them with less time to shop for healthy food options and to prepare healthy meals. Time-pressed families are relying more on fast food and packaged food, which tend to be high in fat and calories, just to get food on the table quickly, she says.
"Working moms are under so much pressure from so many sources -- if we can provide them with ways to juggle all those demands and know they are keeping their family healthy, then hopefully we're taking some of that pressure off," says Clegg.
"The great thing about fresh salmon is how easy it is to get it fresh," says Clegg. "If you buy salmon from Maine and Atlantic Canada you know it was literally swimming just a couple of days earlier, and that's hard to beat."