How spilling tuna juice on my top got me thinking…

tunaEaster Bank Holiday Monday…I got all dressed up – well, clean jeans and a nice, fresh t-shirt. I’d even shaved!

Awne (my partner) and I were planning a trip to the beach – well, the sun was shining so it seemed a shame to waste the opportunity.

I was just about to leave the house when we decided to take a packed lunch – having a picnic at the seaside always seems like a nice thing to do.

We do still eat bread (wholemeal and not a lot of it) so I wanted tuna sandwiches. I opened the tuna (we don’t have a lot of tinned foods but the odd tin of tuna is ok). Have you guessed what happened next?

You’re right…I squirted tuna juice all over my clean, fresh t-shirt…my favourite t-shirt…the one I REALLY wanted to wear!

I was annoyed with the tin of tuna – have you ever been annoyed with an inanimate object?!

I started to smell like the North Shields Fish Quay so I had to change tops…grrr.

Anyway, what’s this got to do with health? Tuna, that’s what.

Tuna is classed as an oily fish and get this: Oily fish is a very good source of protein, low in sodium and a good source of omega-3, which may improve circulation and heart health. It also provides all of the B vitamins, phosphorus and selenium.

Pretty cool eh? That’s why you should include oily fish in your diet, I’d say at least twice a week. Other sources of oily fish are salmon, trout, mackerel, herring and sardines.

If you can’t stand the thought of eating oily fish then how about taking a fish oil supplement? You can buy ones with no nasty aftertaste – the ones that give you that fish breath.

You can buy fish oil supplements in any health food store but make sure they are of good quality and also look for a ratio of 3-to-2 EPA to DHA.

Other good sources of Omega-3 are flaxseeds, walnuts and Canola oil.

The thing is don’t be afraid to include healthy fats in your diet – don’t listen to the ‘expert’ advice telling you that fats are bad for you and you should avoid them at all costs.

Eat health fats to stay healthy.