you're looking for something to do today then I hope you don't have a
weak stomach because it's National Sardines Day! Alright, I guess
some of you actually enjoy these things! But, let's get right
into celebrating National Sardines Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, sardines are one of those things that are an acquired
taste. They're cheaper, they are flavored in many ways and many people
love them. But it's not really something you would think people would
want to celebrate. In fact, most people walk right past sardines on the
grocery shelf every day, without even knowing they are there. So maybe
that's the reason for this holiday; people need to give these little
fish a second chance. Sardines are, of course, a bunch of
different types of small, oily fish that are related to herrings. They
are named after the island of Sardinia, because there use to be a ton
of them in that area, but there isn't really a specific type of fish
that is called a sardine. The United Kingdom's Sea Fish Industry
Authority says that if certain types of fish are less than 6 inches in
length, then it's a sardine. But if that same type of fish is longer
than that, then it's called a pilchard? It's pretty confusing when
there are like 21 different species of fish that can be called
sardines, but hey... that just means it's easier for you to celebrate!
when you do eat sardines, you're getting a lot of omega-3 fatty acids,
which can help out your heart and kick Alzheimer’s disease to the curb!
Sardines even have a good amount of calcium, protein and vitamins D and
B12. And compared to other fish, that humans eat, they have a lot less
mercury in them... which is a pretty good thing! Are you ready to
open a can of these babies?
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, some of you might
already have a couple of cans of sardines waiting to be chomped upon...
so get to it! Eat them straight, on a cracker or however else you enjoy
consuming your sardines. And if you don't have any, then you better
head to the store! There's a whole lot of different kinds of sardines
waiting for you. In fact, why don't you try some new flavors
today? I mean, you already like them plain... so you might just love
them with a little extra flavor! And if you don't really like sardines
or you never tried them, then maybe you should give them a chance
today. It won't kill you, in fact they're good for you, and at least
you're giving them a chance, on their special day.
But for those
of you that do enjoy sardines, why don't you explore different ways to
consume them? You could add them to a soup, casserole or even eat them
with some pasta or rice. Heck, put them on your pizza if you want,
because anchovies just aren't good enough for you! And why not try out
some pilchards to see if they are even that different than the smaller
versions? Have a great day and don't forget to brush your teeth!