A few simple tips for enjoying seafood as part of your regular diet

When it comes to seafood we have all heard that it’s good for us and we should eat it but like all things, some seafood is better for us than others. There is a lot to be said for how we prepare seafood and just how “good” for us it can be. Here are just are a few tips to try when making seafood a part of your regular diet.

For instance, you know you need two servings of seafood a week as recommended by the USDA but that does not mean you should head down to the local fish fry for a weekly serving of beer battered and deep fried walleye with a baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream (or French fries). Instead head to the local seafood counter at your favorite grocery store and pick up some walleye fillets; try baking them with a little butter, salt and pepper and slices of lemon. Serve them with a lightly dressed salad or a baked potato but leave the extra butter and sour cream off this time around.

Another popular seafood item, especially on restaurant menus’, is swordfish. It is a very dense, meaty fish with a mildly sweet flavor. It’s a good source of protein and contains essential vitamins and minerals; however it also contains more mercury than your average seafood, for this reason you should limit how often you enjoy this as a part of your diet, especially if you are pregnant. If you’re looking for another dense, firm fish give halibut a try. Halibut is a good source of protein and provides your body with essential nutrients; its also a very clean tasting fish and requires very little seasoning. Most commonly this fish is boiled or grilled.

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There are a lot of seafood options available; some are healthier than others and some are simply too expensive for most people to eat as a regular part of your seafood diet. One type of seafood we don’t hear nearly enough about is mussels. While they sound interesting and may seem hard to cook, they are surprising easy to cook and quite affordable. Mussels offer a range of health benefits including being a good source of protein. The simplest way to cook mussels is to steam them on the stove stop with some white wine and fresh herbs (I like to add a little garlic too) and in a few short minutes they are done and ready to enjoy on their own or toss them with some whole grain pasta or in a salad. PS, I have also found that mussels are one of the only types of seafood I don’t mind cooking indoors because the blend of white wine and fresh herbs with a little garlic leaves my kitchen smelling simply delicious. Find your adventurous side and give mussels a try, if not at home then in your favorite restaurant that features seafood.

The next time you decide to enjoy seafood as a part of your diet, do yourself a favor and take a second look at the seafood case and try something new, you never know, you might just surprise yourself with how tasty and easy a healthy seafood meal really is to enjoy at home without the hassle and the calories of deep frying.

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