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Sesame Crusted Ahi with Arugula Salad


sesame crusted ahi-tunaThis delicious recipe is a favorite among our staff and members of our medical weight loss clinics. Whether you’re using weight loss products, following a low-carb diet or doing both, it’s essential to incorporate lean protein sources into your diet. Also known as yellowfin tuna, a three-ounce serving of Ahi contains 50 percent of our daily value of protein. In addition, Ahi is loaded with B vitamins, such as vitamin B3, aka niacin, as well as B6 and B12, all of which are critical for healthy digestion, metabolism and neurological function. It also is a good source of vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as minerals including potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. These minerals play significant roles in cellular energy production, protein and nucleic acid synthesis, muscle contraction and glucose regulation, which helps us avoid those sugar spikes and crashes that lead to overeating.

By serving this recipe with an Arugula salad, you’re also incorporating an essential green leafy vegetable into your meal plan. In addition to infusing a delicious peppery taste to this dish, Arugula boasts anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties and high levels of chlorophyll, which helps prevent DNA and liver damage. Arugula also promotes healthy bones and has high contents of antioxidants and hunger-satiating fiber.

Recipes like this are a great addition to your arsenal of weight loss tools. Combine low-carb meals like these with weight loss products and you’re certain to see great results.

Ingredients:

One 16 oz sushi grade Ahi filet
4 cups arugula
1 tsp sesame oil
8 tsps sesame seeds
Himalayan sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

Vinaigrette:

1 tbsp ginger, minced
2 tbsps honey
2 tsps dijon mustard
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp green onion, minced
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup aged balsamic vinegar

Mix together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette well, toss with the Arugula and set aside. Rub the Ahi filet with the sesame oil, and then season with the Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Dip the filet into the sesame seeds, turning them over until they are as covered as possible. Sear the Ahi in a hot pan and cook for approximately one to one and a half minutes on each side, depending on how well you like it cooked. Slice the Ahi and set it on top of arugula. Finish off with vinaigrette over the top.

Image credit lifetasteslikefood.com

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