Introducing More Fish into Your Diet
Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Can I be honest for a sec? I HATE seafood. I can eat tuna 1-2 times a year and every so often can pop a few popcorn shrimps into my mouth but that’s as far as it goes. Bring the daughter of a woman born in St. Lucia with 4 of my 5 older siblings being born there + being HUGE seafood lovers, I definitely was the odd (wo)man out. Given the fact I am anemic (iron deficiency) and I don’t eat seafood or eggs (both which are great sources of the iron I need), let’s just say it’s been a challenge to maintain my iron levels. While I am not a huge fan of seafood, I know I’m in the minority. Aside from the great intake of iron you get from consuming fish, there are other great health benefits. My guest, Ian, is giving you all some ways on how you can incorporate more fish into your daily diets – read on!
Perhaps you’ve heard that fish is pretty good for you. It’s true. Fish are high in protein and the healthy fats that your body needs to survive and thrive. But maybe you aren’t quite sure how to actually incorporate that fish into your daily diet.
Fish has a fairly specific flavor profile and finding something to match may not be all that simple. Or maybe you just don’t know how to integrate fish into your lifestyle. If you find yourself in this predicament, keep reading for a few tips on how to successfully introduce fish into your diet.
It turns out, fish is a great addition to any meal. Our friends from the water are a packed full of protein, which the body needs for the building and maintenance of things like hair, nails, muscle, tissues, enzymes, and hormones. Basically, our bodies are built on proteins.
So why fish? You can get protein from all kinds of sources. Beef, pork, chicken are all equally delicious varieties to add some protein into your diet. But these meats all lack something that fish provides: essential fats. That’s right. Oily fish provides your body with fats that you can’t produce yourself. These fats are vital for things like healthy brain function and free flowing arteries. And unlike most nutrients which can come from a variety of different sources, this nutrient is almost exclusively found in seafood.
Aside from being healthy, fish is also quite tasty, versatile, and a staple of cultural cuisine around the globe. If you find yourself tired of chicken, beef, and pork, try some seafood to sprinkle a little variety into your life. Seafood enjoys a flavor profile that is different from any terrestrial protein and can help you remake your diet.
It is summer now and grilling is a part of American life. Perhaps you are throwing a party and want to serve something to your friends and family other than hamburgers and hot dogs. This is the perfect time to try out some new seafood recipes! Seafood doesn’t need to be served with white wine at a joint with linen table cloths. Instead, it can be a great option for grilling outside on a relaxed day.
Make some shrimp kebabs, grill up a fillet of salmon, or (if you enjoy a nice fishing trip) bring home some freshwater fish to slap on the grill. Make some grilled fish tacos instead of using beef. Remember hobo dinners from camping? Utilize that method to grill up a melt in your mouth, sophisticated salmon with lemon butter. Seafood is as versatile as you want it to be.
While seafood can be great as a main course, its relevance to the world of snacking should not be overlooked either. If you find yourself snacking regularly and would like something a little better for your heart, try some smoked salmon or lachs. While it can be something of an acquired taste, smoked salmon is a delicious way to add some nice smokey flavor and a dash of protein to an open faced sandwich. Lachs, you might not know, is also scrumptious on a bagel with some cream cheese. If you haven’t tried it, you should. Lachs can even be a good bacon substitute that is high in good fat and still high in flavor. If you like bacon with your eggs, you might just like lachs as well.
Shrimp are also an excellent choice for snacking. These little crustaceans are the absolutely perfect snacking size. You can go out and get a bag to leave in your freezer and then thaw out the shrimp you want to snack on. Pack them for your lunch at work, or just keep them available in the fridge for a protein packed snack throughout the day. To keep things simple, it is probably best to get shrimp that have been fully cooked and deveined, unless you feel like doing all of that yourself.
Seafood is a huge market. These are just a few ideas on how to get yourself eating more fish. Be creative, look around, and find as many recipes as you can. Finally, this list only deals with meals you cook yourself, but Americans tend to eat out quite a bit. If you find yourself in a restaurant and you are feeling the need to increase your seafood intake, go ahead and order something from the menu. Let someone else worry about preparation and you just enjoy the meal.
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