No matter the outcome of the game, it’s the quality time spent with family and friends that makes a football party an unforgettable experience.
Having touchdown-ready food, snacks, and decorations at your get-together doesn’t hurt either.
Check out some of our favorite big game day party ideas below:
1. Buffet of Football-Themed Foods
You can’t help it if your team isn’t on the field, but you do have complete control over your menu.
Be the snack MVP by serving up the tried-and-true big game staples your guests expect with a few fun, super-memorable twists:
Helmet-shaped bowls: Serve a spread of chicken wings and sauces in helmet-shaped bowls and football-shaped dishes. Include a mix of hot and mild flavors, like fiery hot, honey BBQ, pineapple teriyaki, and garlic Parmesan.
Pizza station: Pair pizza slices with a mix of themed apps: pizza skins, pizza logs, pizza bites, mini calzones, and pizza dip. Don’t forget the garlic bread!
Fondue bar: This year, go beyond the everyday chips and dip and add a fondue pot to the table. Introduce guests to new kinds of dips, like chili cheese or sour cream salsa.
2. Football Field Party Table
Score extra points with a tablescape that adds to your overall game day theme, starting with a fun tablecloth that helps set the stage…while making clean-up a breeze!
This football field tablecloth DIY from Kimberly a A Night Owl is the perfect crumb-catcher, and all you need is green felt, white duct tape, and white vinyl. Here’s how to make it:
Decorate the yard lines with numbers cut from white vinyl (you can use a Cricut machine or hand-trace them from pre-cut numbers).
Your guests will flip over your hand-crafted football field!
3. Instagram-Worthy Snack Stadium
Impress your guests by serving up snacks in a masterfully constructed “snack stadium!” (Now that’s a big game party idea they won’t forget…)
Party City sells a cardstock snack display with eight compartments and open space on the “field,” which holds more goodies. You could also dust off your DIY skills and build your own using items like aluminum loaf pans, cardboard boxes, and plastic party cups.
Once you’ve got your stadium, pack the house! Here are some ideas:
Offer a mix of sweet and savory snacks, like pretzels, caramel corn, raw veggies, fresh fruit, crackers, cheese, honey-roasted peanuts, and party mix.
Create a colorful “cheering” section for those with a sweet tooth; think Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Starbursts, and M&Ms.
Position ranch dip, hummus, salsa, guacamole, and queso on the “sidelines.”
Have fun tackling this exciting football party project!
4. Personal Seven-Layer Dip Cups
Seven-layer dip? More like seven layers of heaven. 🤤
Until someone double dips that chip that was literallyjust in their mouth. Then it’s just seven-layers of germs…
Enter: Individual seven-layer-dip cups. Because your kindergarten teacher was wrong: Sharing isn’t always caring.
Start with transparent plastic cups so you can show off every delicious layer. Fill ’em up with fixings like fresh guacamole, taco meat, queso, and sour cream.
Add crunch with toppings like lettuce, black olives, and green onions. You can even top it off with a tortilla chip. It’s easy to put your own spin on this game day favorite!
5. Party Favor Piñata
Halftime is the perfect time to take the party up a notch with a football piñata—fab decor and big fun for all ages!
It’s also a great way to keep the interest of guests who aren’t exactly there for the play-by-play. (And it gives little hands a place to direct their mess-making energy.)
Here are some of our favorite ideas for your big game piñata:
Mardi Gras-style beads in team colors
Miniature candy packs
Mini pom poms
Keychains (sports-themed is a must!)
Blindfold the guests and let them take turns trying to break free all of the goodies inside.
6. AstroTurf Coasters + Football Mason Jars
It’s the little details that help pull together a big game day party, like football-themed coasters.
Jill Fritz from Create.Craft.Love has a 5-minute DIY project that’ll protect your furniture from watermarks and add to your decor.
Jill uses industrial-grade adhesive to attach pre-cut AstroTurf sample squares to 4.5 x 4.5 bathroom tiles. (Hint: You can get these tiles for free at most big home improvement stores!)
Pair your custom game day coasters with football-themed mason jars. It’s easy to get the look of that classic football stitch by applying white paint, vinyl, or electrical tape to your cup.
7. Referee Water Bottles
Got water? With all that booze and soda, you better. Take care of your guests by keeping plenty of water available—without compromising on your party decor.
How? By dressing all that bottled water up as little referees. (Obviously.)
Simply peel off the label from the original bottle. Then, take a piece of paper with a referee stripe pattern, and wrap it around the bottle. (Hint: You can find printable, black-and-white stripe images online, or just DIY your stripes with white paper and black marker)
Not everyone’s glued to the TV and anticipating the next snap during a football party…
But you’ve still gotta keep everyone entertained!
One way to engage all guests is to host a game everyone knows well—and that’s bingo.
Hand out custom bingo cards before kick-off. (Pre-made printables are available online for free, or you could always create your own.)
Add some of the following categories to the empty spaces of the cards:
Brands and companies, such as Home Depot, Budweiser, Doritos, and GoDaddy
Product and service categories, like beer, candy, airlines, luxury cars, and nonprofits
Characters and people, like Clydesdale horses, retired football players, and musicians
Up the ante: Offer a small prize to the first person that gets a bingo!
9. DIY Photobooth
All you need to make a professional-looking photobooth is some props and your phone!
It’s a given that your guests will be taking pics at the party. But with a little creativity you can make the snaps from your house something truly special.
Find pictures you like online, then print and paste them to cardboard or poster board. Just hot glue a dowel or popsicle stick to the back to make a photo-ready prop.
Some ideas for printables:
Your favorite player (look who showed up!)
A football (go long!)
A goal post (your head is the ball!)
10. Mailbox Balloons
Set the tone for the party before they even walk in!
Tie a fun display to your mailbox, lamp post, or railing so your guests can find your house from the street.
Go simple and elegant with balloons in your team colors (and complementary ribbons).
Or get crafty and fill them with confetti!
This DIY really pops if you buy clear balloons, like in this collab between Little Miss Party and Balloon Time. They chose Halloween colors for their confetti, but you can use tissue paper in your team colors.
11. Get Your Tech Ready
Just like a team needs a game plan, you need backup for when something goes wrong with the TV signal.
And when you’re running to the store for your party essentials, it’s probably the last thing on your mind.
Avoid that awkward moment when you have to stop the party to fidget with the picture.
Have a laptop or tablet ready to come in clutch with the livestream. Make sure your devices are charged and you know what your log-ins are. (It might get awkward crowding around a small screen…but you can just call it a huddle.)
Then kick back and enjoy your party knowing you’re in good hands!
How to Give Back as a Football Fan
Just as easy as hosting a big game day party, you can turn your online shopping into a generous act by shopping to give.
The Giving Assistant browser extension helps you earn cash back on your purchases (like football-themed party supplies and team jerseys) that you can share with your favorite nonprofit.
Let us connect you to over 1.5 million nonprofits that can benefit from your contribution.
Some Crazy Starbuck Coffee Drinks You Need to Try Once in Your Life
While Starbucks offers a universal, standardized ‘official’ drinks menu, you can always indulge in what seems like an endless assortment of off-the-menu orders.
These unique beverage creations best known as the ‘Starbuck’s Secret Menu‘.
30+ Starbucks ‘Secret’ Menu Drinks Examples
While there are literally thousands of different ways to order a specialty drink at Starbucks, the following represent some of Starbuck’s most popular ‘secrets’ speciality drinks.
1. Captain Crunch Berry Frappuccino
To enjoy a Frappuccino that brings back childhood memories of digging into a bowl of Captain Crunch with Crunchberries, ask for a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino with hazelnut syrup.
Interestingly, there is an ongoing debate on whether hazelnut – or toffee nut syrup (or both) will create the perfect blend, and that just might be a matter of personal opinion.
One way to specifically request this drink is ask the barista to:
Add caramel syrup (½ pump for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, 1 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add toffee syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, 2 pumps for a Venti)
Add hazelnut syrup (½ pump for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, 1 ½ pumps for a Venti) to a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino.
2. Fruity Pebbles Frappuccino
Ask a barista to add vanilla syrup, raspberry syrup, and classic syrup to a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino to create a beverage that tastes like Fruity Pebbles cereal.
A bit of orange mango juice will also enhance the overall fruity flavor.
A Tall order is made with:
2 pumps of vanilla syrup
½ pump of raspberry syrup
½ pump of classic syrup
Increase syrup measurements by ½ a pump for each larger size
3. Caramel Cookie Bar Frappuccino
Better known as a ‘Twix Bar Frappuccino,’ ask for a Caramel Frappuccino with hazelnut syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, and 2 pumps for a Venti); java chips, and whipped cream blended in. The cup should be coated with a caramel sauce, and the drink is lastly topped with mocha drizzle.
4. Caramel and Nut Chocolate Bar Frappuccino
Add toffee nut syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 2 pumps for a Grande, and 3 pumps for a Venti)
Add to a Java Chip Frappuccino with a caramel drizzle in the cup and as a topping is believed to taste much similar to that of a Snickers candy bar.
5. Fall-in-a-Cup Latte
Pumpkin flavors are a seasonal favorite in autumn, and it’s quite easy to overdo it on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
To enjoy something similar that pays the ultimate homage to fall, order a Pumpkin Spice Latte with caramel syrup and Chai Syrup topped with whipped cream, pumpkin powder, and a drizzle of caramel.
The suggested orders for a Tall, Grande, Venti, and cold Venti are as follows:
To enjoy the festive flavors of winter holidays all year round, order a Cinnamon Dolce Latte with:
Add white mocha syrup (1 ½ pumps for a Tall, 2 pumps for a Grande, 2 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add peppermint syrup (½ pump for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, 1 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add whipped cream on top.
7. Thin Mint Frappuccino
When you can’t wait for Girl Scout Cookie season to arrive, satisfy a Thin Mint craving with a Tazo Green Tea Crème Frappuccino blended with:
Add chocolate syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 2 pumps for a Grande, and 3 pumps for a Venti)
Add peppermint syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, and two for a Venti)
Add java chips
8. Samoa Cookie Frappuccino
Another Girl Scout Cookie-inspired favorite is the Samoa Cookie Frappuccino, which is recreated by ordering a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino made with:
Add 2 pumps of caramel syrup
Add extra coconut flakes blended into the drink
Add caramel drizzle as a topping (optional)
9. Cake Batter Frappuccino
Start with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with:
Add almond syrup (one pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, or two pumps for a Venti)
It is not uncommon to find that a Starbucks does not carry almond syrup, where in which case, hazelnut syrup is an acceptable substitute.
Additionally, some consumers have heightened the drink’s appeal by asking a barista to add a cake pop (if available) into the mix before blending the ingredients.
10. Candy Cane Frappuccino
Order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with:
Add peppermint syrup (1 pump for a Tall drink, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, and 2 pumps for a Venti)
11. Biscotti Frappuccino
Out of all the Starbucks Secret Menu drinks, the one with the most controversy surrounding it is probably the Biscotti Frappuccino.
This off-the-menu item is made by purchasing a package of biscotti cookies separately and requesting the barista to blend them into a Frappe.
The question arises whether or not baristas are actually permitted to add biscotti to the blender, and an even deeper assessment has been that using biscotti with nuts poses an allergy risk for other customers.
Therefore, don’t be surprised if this request is ultimately denied.
12. Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino
Order a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino with:
Add vanilla syrup
Add hazelnut syrup
Add whipped cream
Add a whole banana (a separate expense)
This will create a taste experience similar to eating a slice of banana cream pie.
13. Apple Pie Frappuccino
Prefer apples? Your barista can create an Apple Pie Frappuccino:
Start with a cream base filled to the first line
Add apple juice filled to the second line
Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ for a Grande and two for a Venti)
Add caramel syrup (1 pump for a Tall (1 ½ for a Grande and two for a Venti)
Add whipped cream on top
Add a drizzle of caramel.
If allowed, request ground-up biscotti as a crunchy topping.
14. Hot Butterbeer Latte
In order to truly appreciate the meaning behind this whimsical drink creation, you’d have to brush up on your Harry Potter. Butterbeer is a special, non-alcoholic drink (for humans) mentioned throughout the Harry Potter book/movie series.
To enjoy a Starbucks version, tell the barista:
Order a Tall whole milk steamer
Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup
Add caramel syrup (2 pump for a Tall, 3 pumps for a Grande, 4 for a Venti)
Add toffee nut syrup (2 pump for a Tall, 3 pumps for a Grande, 4 for a Venti)
Add whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top.
Also, in order to achieve just the right consistency for this drink recipe, it is highly recommended to opt for whole milk instead of swapping for skim or 2% milk.
15. Grasshopper Frappuccino
If your favorite ice cream flavor is mint chip, or you’re a fan of Grasshopper cookies.
Order a Mocha Frappuccino
Ask for blended with java chips
Add peppermint syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 2 pumps for a Grande, and 3 pumps of a Venti)
16. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino
To satisfy a cinnamon roll craving without actually eating one, ask your Starbucks barista:
Order a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Add white mocha syrup
Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 2 pumps for a Grande, and 3 pumps for a Venti)
Add Cinnamon Dolce powder on top
17. Zebra Mocha
The combination of a White Chocolate Mocha and a regular mocha is often referred to as a ‘Zebra Mocha.’
This Starbucks drink has many other names, such as, ‘Penguin Mocha,’ ‘Marble Mocha, and ‘ Black and White Mocha’.
Ask for with added java chips and a topping of mocha drizzle
19. Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino
Ask your barista:
Order a Tall drink
Add strawberries and milk to the bottom line with a crème base (2 pumps)
Add vanilla bean powder (1 scoop)
Add white mocha syrup (1 pump)
Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup (1 pump)
20. Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino
Adding raspberry syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, and 2 pumps for a Venti) to a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino will create a drink with a raspberry cheesecake flavor. To satisfy a sweet tooth, up the syrup amount by ½ a pump for each increase in size.
21. Triple C’s
Aptly named for various reasons, a Triple C’s consists of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte with added caramel syrup and chocolate mocha syrup – ( ½ pump each for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, and 1 ½ pumps for a Venti). However, as with every Starbucks Secret Menu Drink, being able to direct your barista on what goes into making the drink will most likely save you both a lot of time, energy, and frustration.
22. Marble Mocha Macchiato
Ask your barista to add White Mocha to the bottom of a cup (with no whip), and a shot of espresso on the top with mocha drizzle, to create this marbled drink.
23. Cookies & Cream Frappuccino
A White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and a dash of peppermint syrup creates a cookies-and-cream effect.
A similar drink for cookie lovers to consider is the Oreo Frappuccino, which blends a Double Chocolate Chip Frappucino with white mocha sauce (instead of regular mocha). The drink is then topped with chocolate whipped cream. To achieve a drink with more of a crème than chocolate cookie flavor, ask a barista to blend a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with java chips, which is then topped with mocha syrup or cookie crumbles (or both).
24. Cookie Dough Frappuccino
To enjoy a guilt-free cookie dough indulgence, start with a Chai Creme Frappuccino with soy milk and 2 pumps of Cinnamon Dolce syrup for a Tall drink (2 ½ pumps for a Grande and three for a Venti). Blend the ingredients with java chips and whipped cream. Add a chocolate whipped cream topping and a drizzle of mocha syrup.
25. Red Velvet Frappuccino
Also called a ‘Red Tuxedo,’ order a half White Mocha and half regular Mocha Frappuccino blended with raspberry syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 2 pumps for a Grande, and 3 pumps for a Venti). The drink is then topped with whipped cream.
26. S’mores Frappuccino
Starbucks can recreate a campfire favorite when you order a Grande Java Chip Frappuccino (or double chocolate chip if preferred) with 1 pump of Cinnamon Dolce syrup, 1 pump of Toffee Nut syrup, and whipped cream blended in. The drink is then topped with whipped cream, and Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles.
27. The Nutella
Ask your barista:
Order a Café Misto
Ask for added mocha syrup (½ pump for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, 1 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add hazelnut syrup (½ pump for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, 1 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add a few drops of caramel drizzle
28. Grande Nutella Frappuccino
Ask your barista:
Order a regular Coffee Frappuccino
Add 2 pumps of mocha syrup
Add 1 pump hazelnut syrup
Add whipped cream
Blended it all in
Add whipped cream on top
Add a caramel drizzle (optional)
29. Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino
Enjoy a beverage that delivers the crispy, nutty, creamy and chocolaty decadence of Ferrero Rocher candy.
Ask your barista:
Order a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, or Java Chip Frappuccino
Ask for added mocha syrup (2 pumps for a Tall, 3 pumps for a Grande, 3 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add hazelnut syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, 2 pumps for a Venti)
Add a hazelnut drizzle
Top with whipped cream
Add nutmeg powder to enhance the nuttiness of the drink (optional)
Add mocha drizzle for an extra chocolate-flavored rush (optional)
30. The Coldbuster
The Coldbuster is also referred to as “The Medicine Ball”.
This is a speciality tea creation geared towards fighting the sore throats and sinus flare-ups associated with the cold and flu season.
It is recommended to sip the Coldbuster while it is as hot as you can take it without burning yourself, in order to reap the most soothing benefits.
Ask your barista:
Ask for a Venti Cup filled with one bag of Peach Tranquility and one bag of Jade Citrus Mint tea
Add half hot water and half steamed lemonade to the cup
Add a bit of honey for its anti-microbial and healing effects
Request a pump of peppermint to cap off the drink (optional)
31. The Dirty Hippy
A Dirty Chai Tea Latte is also commonly known as a ‘Dirty Hippy’.
Ask your barista:
Order a chai tea latte
Ask for it to made with soy milk instead of regular milk
Ask for an added shot of espresso
32. Mojito Refresher
Ask your barista:
Order a Cool Lime Refresher
Add classic syrup (1 pump for a Tall, 1 ½ pumps for a Grande, 2 pumps for a Venti)
Add peppermint syrup (½ pump for a Tall, 1 pump for a Grande, 1 ½ pumps for a Venti)
Add ice and blend ingredients to create the non-alcoholic version of this popular island drink
33. Purple Rain Refresher
Ask your barista:
Add Cool Lime Refresher to the first line of a cup
Add cold water, or lemonade, to the second line
Blend the ingredients
Slowly add raspberry syrup to the drink (3 pumps for a Tall, 4 pumps for a Grande, and 6 pumps for a Venti)
Top with a lime
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Secret Menu at Starbucks?
The Starbucks secret menu is not an official Starbucks drinks menu, but are custom hot or cold drinks that customers can ask a Starbucks barista to make for them if they give them the recipe.
Who Created the Secret Menu?
According to previous Starbucks employee Dan Jones, the Starbucks secret menu was created by Starbucks employees who loved inventing new drinks. These Starbuck baristas wanted a way for other baristas to invent and create new drinks to share with customers.
How to Order a Secret Menu Drink
First find the recipe that you would like to drink, then show the recipe to your Starbucks barista and then the barista will try make the drink if they have stock of the ingredients.
Problems Ordering Speciality Drinks
According to Starbucks barista, Joy Sinclair, there is no official training of Starbucks baristas on any ‘secret menu’ drinks so they don’t know what the drink are.
Which means you might get an odd look when trying to order a secret menu item by name.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee you’ll get the Neapolitan Frappuccino, Biscotti Frappuccino, or “the Nutella” of your dreams when ordering by name.
Although plenty of baristas are quite capable of recommending inventive ways to enhance a particular drink, there is no real standardization when it comes to what some perceive as ‘secret’ customized drink recipes – with options that taste like your favorite candy bar, dessert, or even a childhood cereal.
Instead, the best way to enjoy something from the “Starbucks Secret Menu” is to know which ingredients (and how much) goes into making the specialty concoctions you’d like to order.
Extra Secret Menu Recipes
You can view hundreds more secret menu recipe ideas and names via an app or this fan website listed below:
Secret Menu for Starbucks! app by Sepia Software LLC | Android or iPhone
Although not a specialty drink, the following requests have been associated with the Starbucks Secret Menu simply because they are not as heavily marketed as other standard options:
The “Short” Drink
Choose a smaller, less expensive option to having your Starbucks coffee served by ordering a ‘Short’ drink, which some baristas will tell you is not a secret, but instead, a size not widely advertised at the chain.
The largest size available at Starbucks in the United States is the Trenta, which is only available for iced drinks, and provides 31 ounces of beverage. Ordering this larger size will cost you roughly $0.50 more than a Venti.
A Green Eye
Adding an extra shot of espresso to a regular drip coffee is nothing new, but for the ultimate rush, order a Green Eye (sometimes referred to as a Blue Eye), which includes three shots of espresso. A Red Eye equals one extra shot, while the Black Eye has two.
“Super Cream” Frappuccino
If you’re a fan of whipped cream, ask for a ‘Super Cream’ Frappe, and half a cup of whipped cream is blended in your drink.
If you ask, Starbucks will brew any of the coffee sold in their establishment in a French Press.
The chances of your barista knowing what an “affogato-style” Frappe means is greater than with any of the other requests mentioned here, which means a shot of hot espresso is added to the top of your beverage (instead of it being blended in).
Know What You’re Ordering before Making a Request
It is important to remember that the above-mentioned names for ‘secret’ Starbucks drinks are not universal, and certain concoctions could be called several different things, especially from one city to the next.
Want to make life easier for both of you?
Ditch the creative names, and memorize the ingredients and ratios for specific sizes so that you can tell a barista exactly how to make a Starbucks Secret Menu drink.
One of the number-one complaints a Starbucks barista has about people coming in with ‘secret menu’ requests is that most have no clue about what they are ordering.
Additionally, even if a barista is familiar with a reference to a ‘secret’ drink, keep in mind that one barista’s understanding of what goes into something like an Oreo Cookie Frappuccino may differ from the next.
For more complicated recipes, write your request on a slip of paper to save both the barista and yourself the time and energy of going back and forth in a fog of miscommunication.
Also, expect to pay a little extra when ordering the ‘secret’ drinks at Starbucks. Don’t be surprised when a barista charges you for every syrup, sauce, and powder used to make one of the specialty beverages mentioned above.
To help save some money for your Starbuck secret menu drink expense, make sure to come in with a Starbuck’s portable mug that you bought with Starbucks Coupons to help reduce the price of your drink.
Tired of the typical (rather dull) lemon and butter grilled salmon dish? We’ve got great news: these 4 zesty, fresh grilled salmon recipes will make you fall for fish all over gain. But wait, it gets better: we’ll show you how salmon is packed with health enhancers … from mood boosting brain benefits and wrinkle-free skin to cancer prevention and heart health!
Salmon meals don’t have to be predictable. Bring this classic fish staple to life with surprising tastes of brown sugar & soy sauce, lemon & dill, ginger, and more!
Before we get into the mouth-watering details, we’d like to share why salmon is one of the healthiest foods out there, as well as which type of salmon to choose to avoid contamination.
Health Benefits of Salmon
Just one 4 oz serving of salmon contains:
2 grams of omega- 3 fatty acids (see below for the mind-blowing benefits of omega-3s)
A full day’s worth of the optimal Vitamin D dosage for adults
Over half of the necessary daily intake of B12, niacin, and selenium
High levels of B6 and magnesium
Salmon has an unusually high concentration of the omega- 3 fatty acid, DHA. Many researchers consider DHA to be the most important fat in the human brain! This incredibly potent boost of DHA makes salmon the #1 healthiest fish in the sea and a powerful addition to your diet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Health Benefits:
The health boosting benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are so extensive, we should really write a full article on the topic! We know you’re eager for those tasty grilled salmon recipes, so we’ll do our best to give a short and snappy overview.
Adding omega-3s to your diet, via fish or supplements, significantly improves brain function, nourishes hair, skin, and nails, keeps your heart healthy, protects your eyes, prevents cancer, and soothes the symptoms of PMS in women. Whew! With such outrageously positive health claims, it almost seems too good to be true. We’ve got news for you: it’s the real deal, and it’s an essential component to attain your happiest, healthiest self.
1. Brain = Improved memory in Alzheimer’s patients, mood regulation for bipolar disorder, recovery from depression, lower levels of aggression, and improved learning and focus for children with ADHD.
2. Beauty = Nourishes hair follicles and dry scalp for shiny, flake-free locks, reduces acne, and prevents wrinkles.
3. Heart, Eye, and Women’s Health = Decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia, macular eye degeneration, and dry eye. Reduces pain of PMS and menstruating.
4. Cancer Prevention = Helps prevent onset of colorectal cancer, prostrate cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Why it’s SO Important to Buy Wild Caught Salmon
Farmed vs. Wild Caught Salmon
Farmed fish are not only fed artificial, unhealthy diets, but are also much less potent in omega- 3s. Here are the super-important reasons you should choose wild caught salmon over farmed salmon:
According to nutrition expert, Dr. Mercola:
Farmed salmon are fed grain products, such as corn and soy (most of which are genetically modified), artificial coloring and chicken meal. This diet is extremely unnatural for fish, and so makes them sick (whenever you eat something sick, you are harming your own body!).
Due to overcrowding, farmed fish are exposed to more diseases (and so, are given more drugs).
Farmed salmon have low levels of omega-3s while wild caught salmon’s levels are very high.
For Mercola’s full article on farmed vs. wild salmon, click here.
Choose wisely when selecting the type of wild salmon, too!
The absolute cleanest, purest type of wild salmon is wild Alaskan salmon. When tested for contaminant consumption risk, wild Alaskan salmon was found to be in the lowest risk category for wild caught salmon.
4 Deliciously Easy Grilled Salmon Recipes
So, now you’re totally hooked on the astonishing health perks of salmon and armed with the details on choosing the wild caught variety. Let’s get you those scrumptious grilled salmon recipes!
1. Soy Sauce & Brown Sugar Marinated Grilled Salmon
This recipe is both salty and sweet.
Use 1/3 cup each of the following ingredients:
To add flavor:
Directions (makes 1 ½ pounds of fish): 1) Dust your fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder and salt on both sides. 2) Stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water and vegetable oil in a small bowl. 3) Pour your soy sauce and sugar mixture you created into a shaking bag. 4) Put your fish in the bag with the sauce ingredients. 5) Refrigerate your marinated fish for at least two hours. 6) Preheat grill and oil the cooking grate. 7) Place salmon on the warm grill and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side.
Tip: When done, the fish should easily flake with a fork. Be careful not to overcook it.
2. Dill and Lemon Grilled Salmon
A surprising twist on the classic lemon and butter salmon dish, this recipe adds dill for a refreshing burst of flavor.
Good- to- Know Cooking Tip: You can use salmon steaks instead of fillets to avoid them falling apart when cooked. If not, be sure to avoid a mess by cooking grilled salmon in foil or on a seafood cooking rack.
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest,
2 teaspoons dried dill
2 cloves of garlic, minced.
Directions: 1) Preheat your grill. Combine the lemon juice, zest, oil, dill and garlic in a large shaking bag. 2) Add salmon into the bag and mix it around while rubbing the fish. 3) Refrigerate to marinate for two hours. 4) Make sure all salmon fillets or steaks are thoroughly covered with the rub.5) Wondering how long to grill salmon? When you place the salmon on a hot grill, you need to cook it about 4-5 minutes on either side.
Tip: You can tell your fish is done when it easily flakes with a fork and is light in color.
3. Brown Sugar & Mustard Glazed Grilled Salmon Steak
The brown sugar coating of this grilled salmon steak recipe makes it seriously sweet, while the mustard adds a pop of tangy tastiness.
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
4 tablespoons hot mustard or Dijon mustard
Directions: 1) Fire up your grill until your coals are red-hot. 2) Wisk together the brown sugar, hot mustard and soy sauce in a medium bowl. 3) Transfer 1 tablespoon of the first three ingredients into a second smaller bowl. 4) Then, add the rice vinegar to it and set it aside. 5) Brush one side of the steaks with half the glaze in the medium bowl. 6) Place the fish slabs glaze down onto the grill. 7) Cook until slightly charred, approximately 4 minutes. 8) Brush the unglazed side the same way you did the first side. 9) Turn fish steaks over and cook for 5 minutes longer than you did on the first side. 10) Once salmon is slightly opaque in the center, remove it from grill. 11) Remove the cooked fish from heat and place on plates. 12) Spread the remaining glaze over each steak and let them stand for a few minutes.
4. Ginger Grilled Salmon Fillets
The hint of ginger in this grilled salmon dish creates a touch of zesty spice.
Note: It’s highly recommended that you use a grill basket to prepare this dish. Otherwise, cook it in a broiler.
1 teaspoon each of garlic powder and ginger
1/3 cup each cup of soy sauce and orange juice
¼ cup honey
1 green chopped onion
Use this on approximately 1 ½ salmon fillets
If you like, grease your grill with olive oil
Directions: 1) Mix together the ginger, garlic power, soy sauce, orange juice and honey. 2) Place the onions in a separate bowl and chill until you need them. 3) Cook the salmon on the grill for 10 minutes on each side after you coat the grate with olive oil. 4) Periodically brush the pieces of meat with the ginger sauce you prepared. 5) Remove the fish from the grill when done. 6) Sprinkle chopped green onion over the top.
Remember, practice green grilling!
Yes, you’re doing a huge favor to your health by eating salmon, but grilling food creates some sneaky health hazards. Read our Top 4 Tips for Green Grilling to find out how to make grilling healthy (and eco-friendly … we need to keep the environment healthy, too!).
We hope you enjoy these delightful grilled salmon dishes and the perks of those omega-3 fatty acids: hello, sharp brain, shiny hair, and healthy heart!