Looking for some quick easy seafood recipes? Learn about the importance of seafood in a healthy diet, plus quick easy recipes to help you eat more fish!
Thanks to the National Fisheries Institute for sponsoring this post.
I’m putting on my dietitian hat today to chat a little bit about seafood. Did you know that the recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines For Americans recommend all Americans eat at least 2-3 servings (8 ounces) of seafood, which includes fish and shellfish, per week? How many of you out there are currently eating the recommended amount? If not, you’re not alone. Average intake is below recommendation for all age-sex groups.
Seafood is often under-consumed, but it’s such a healthy protein option so I’m here to help encourage you to eat more of it. It’s a great source of EPA and DHA, which has been associated with reduced cardiac deaths in individuals without preexisting cardiovascular disease. Plus, DHA is important for infant development so pregnant women are especially encouraged to eat at least 2-3 servings per week.
It’s important to note that some seafood does contain high levels of methyl mercury so the guidelines encourage everyone, especially while pregnant and breastfeeding, to choose seafood options that are higher in EPA and DHA and lower in methyl mercury. Some of these options include salmon, anchovies, sardines and trout. Be sure to check the labels and compare sodium amounts as some canned fish can be high in sodium!
In other news, the month of October is now officially underway! Did you know October is National Seafood Month? Seems like a fitting time to introduce you guys to the Dish on Fish blog that was created by the National Fisheries Institute to encourage Americans to eat more seafood! Dish on Fish is a seafood-focused blog that shares delicious recipes, nutrition info and helpful tips for upping your seafood intake to the recommended level of at least 2-3 servings per week. They’re also on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.
I’m a huge seafood lover and have shared several recipes with you guys over the years. It’s a great source of lean protein and contains lots of important vitamins and minerals. Some of my favorite seafood choices are shrimp, salmon, canned tuna, cod and tilapia. I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites for you in case you missed them the first time and encourage you to give them a try!
Are you a seafood lover? What’s your favorite recipe?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Fisheries Institute. The opinions and text are my own.