How to swim through the New Year as a new you!

Did you know the first two weeks of January are the busiest weeks of the year at health clubs? A lot of people start the year by “turning over a new leaf” when it comes to taking better care of themselves. The problem is, of those who make New Year’s resolutions with gym memberships, about 80% lose their enthusiasm by mid-February.

Establishing an exercise routine can be tough. It takes discipline. However, there is an easier (and more enjoyable) way to take good care of your body. It begins with what you put into it, because nutritious food is the cornerstone for improving your physical condition and the vitality of everyone in your family.

Protein is essential to everyone’s nutritional well being. On planet earth, some of the finest sources of lean, high-quality protein and other key nutrients come from fish and seafood. Nobody serves up that tasty nutrition better than Morey’s.

In addition to providing protein, Morey’s products contain valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have proven that adding Omega-3s to your diet may decrease your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Given these findings, it’s not surprising that the American Heart Association encourages two servings of fish or seafood per week in their dietary recommendations.

Luckily for all fish and seafood lovers, something that’s this good for our bodies is also equally delicious. Morey’s marinated salmon, mahi mahi and tilapia are great examples. There are so many distinct flavors available, you can have Morey’s twice a week and never lose your craving for its delectability! The marinade creations include flavors like: Lemon Parmesan, Wood Roasted, Seasoned Grill, Garlic Cracked Pepper, Lemon Dill, Pineapple Mango, Sweet Mango and Garden Pesto.

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New Year. New You. Eat better in 2015.

So as you kick off 2015, make a pledge to enjoy a Morey’s meal twice a week. Plan two particular days of the week to make fish and seafood days. Many opt for one of them to be Saturday, because it’s a relaxing weekend day when the family can gather around the table to share good food and conversation.

Take a poll from all the hungry eaters in your house to determine which signature marinades they prefer for Saturday’s meal. This will help you select the ideal side dishes to accompany your fish. For example, many Morey’s fans have reported that the refreshing citrus zest of the Lemon Dill Salmon goes great with the nutty richness of squash and asparagus. Another flavor, like Morey’s Garlic Cracked Pepper Salmon, really complements fresh green beans, wild rice and a nice buttery chardonnay as a wine pairing.

Whichever initial day you decide is “seafood day,” pick the next to be a few days later. So if you make Saturday special with Morey’s, then choose Tuesday or Wednesday for your other day. It’s a very easy and tasty routine to get into!

Remember that the way you prepare each Morey’s dish will add even more uniqueness to your meal events. Bake it, broil it, grill it… it’s up to you, and every method imparts a different quality to the fish. If you’re crunched for time on a particular day, Morey’s is quick and easy to microwave too – just minutes from freezer to table! Every package contains the perfect serving size for a meal, with all the savory marinade sealed in with the fish. Morey’s has done all the work for you and your busy lifestyle.

As you embark on a year of better eating, you can choose to keep track of your progression. Maybe monitoring your weight is important. Perhaps gauging your general wellness (on a daily 1-10 scale of how you “feel”) is a strategy you’ll find helpful. Whichever track you take, eat great food throughout 2015 and make it a wonderful year!

Good luck and bon appétit.

 

The Importance of Omega Fatty Acids

Many consumers would probably admit to feeling overloaded with information when stepping into a grocery store in today’s health-crazed world. With labels boasting “All Natural”, “High Fiber”, “Added Protein” and much more, it’s difficult to know what exactly your body needs.

Though fad diets have come and gone in the United States, a staple that has remained and continues to be recommended by doctors, dietitians, trainers and the like are fatty acids. But, what are they?

Fatty acids are essential to keep every system in the human body working properly. Think of your body as a car and fatty acids are the oil that keeps your engine running smoothly. Your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs ALL benefit from consuming fatty acids.

The importance of omega fatty acids.

The importance of omega fatty acids.

However, there’s a twist. Fatty acids need to be balanced within the body. What does that mean? Fatty acids are broken into three forms: Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. Each fatty acid plays its own role in your overall health.

Omega-3s: This is where Morey’s comes into play! Our seafood offers a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. The human body cannot produce Omega-3s on its own, so consuming a minimum of 4 oz. twice a week is recommended to support brain function, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases. Morey’s Fish Creations® are sold in boxes containing two, 5 oz. servings, so one box per family member per week will meet the recommended quota. Aside from fish, Omega-3s are found in flaxseeds, raw walnuts and canola oil.

Omega-6s: Omega-6 fatty acids are best when consumed in a 2:1 ratio with Omega-3s. One health issue our country currently faces is the abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids from corn and soy products used in a vast majority of processed foods. Today, a consumer, on average, eats 15 times the amount of Omega-6s than Omega-3s. While Omega-6s are good for you, too much of them can be destructive. Getting your Omega-6s from sources such as leafy greens, whole grains, raw vegetable oils and certain nuts is suggested.

Omega-9s: This fatty acid is produced naturally by the body when both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in balance. Omega-9 promotes heart health by keeping cholesterol levels in-check and improving immune function. If you’re not consuming enough Omega-3s and Omega-6s, then you must add Omega-9 rich foods to your diet. Foods like avocados, cashews, chia seeds and almonds are high in Omega-9s.

Knowing what fatty acids are and how they benefit you can help you make more informed choices at the grocery store and when selecting recipes for your family. Opt for well-rounded meals like Morey’s Salsa-Shrimp Topped Avocados. By adding a side of whole grain brown rice and a small salad, you’ll successfully get a healthy serving of fatty acids to keep your car’s engine a well-oiled machine.

 

Sources:
Women to Women
http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/balancing-your-omega-3-fatty-acids-essential-for-health-and-long-life/

Omega-9 Oils
http://www.omega-9oils.com/omega-9-advantage/healthier-profile/omega-3-6-9.htm

Chris Kresser: Health for the 21st Century
http://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick

The Health Benefits of Seafood

As one of the leading seafood companies, Morey’s Seafood International is proud to offer healthy, delicious products. The health benefits of seafood are well documented. The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fish each week to maintain optimum heart health. The USDA, as part of their revised dietary guidelines, also recommends eating at least two meals per week where seafood is the primary protein source. Even pregnant women are now encouraged to eat appropriate cooked seafood during their pregnancies to support proper fetal brain development! The evidence and research are overwhelmingly clear – seafood is a healthy food choice!

Sams_GP_Salmon_full6x8-300x225Morey’s Seafood International has a commitment to quality, and that commitment is evident in our entire line of chef inspired restaurant-taste at home products. Here are a few healthy facts, and why Morey’s is a good choice for your two or more meals per week of seafood!

  • Most fish and seafood is naturally low in fat, and in particular, most are trans-fat free. When Morey’s adds marinades or sauces to our seafood as part of our Creations, we use only healthier canola and olive oils as ingredients to keep our products trans-fat free.
  • Some species of fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is one of the best sources of this important nutrient. Morey’s Seafood offers many different salmon products, to suit your tastes while contributing to your healthy diet.
  • Eating fish may lower your risk for debilitating conditions.  A recent study showed that eating fish significantly reduces the risk of stroke, particularly for women. In addition, some research indicates that eating just one meal of fish each week may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to sixty percent.
  • Gluten is a real concern for many people. Whenever possible, Morey’s provides products that are gluten free, so that you can buy with confidence. We produce a variety of smoked and marinated products, most of which are gluten free.  All of our gluten free products are clearly labeled as such.
  • For people trying to follow a low carb diet. Morey’s products can help, because they are low in carbohydrates and high in protein.

Morey’s is a great choice! Not only are Morey’s products made of premium fish and the highest quality ingredients, they are also easy and convenient to prepare. For more information on our excellent assortment of seafood products, visit Morey’s website, www.moreys.com.  While you are there, be sure to sign up for information and recipes via email. You can also follow us on Twitter (@MoreysSeafood) or connect with our online community on Facebook.