March has been busy! We’ve been enjoying some seafood & greens dishes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating National Nutrition Month and its focus on “Fuel for the Future,” and getting jazzed for National Clam Day, which is right around the corner! We’ve got a couple of easy clam recipes to share with you, but before we do that, let’s chat a minute about what Fuel for the Future means for Seafoodies like us.
National Nutrition Month is a great reminder that when it comes down to it, seafood is get-up-and-go fuel, some of the best out there. Whether you’re ordering a tempting seafood dish at a restaurant or trying one of our mouthwatering Dish on Fish recipes at home, you’re making a healthy choice that will power you through the day. Protein, omega-3 fatty acids and a boatload of essential vitamins and minerals make seafood a true superfood, one of the most nutrient-dense fuels you can put on your plate! In fact, seafood is such a beneficial part of our diet that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend we eat it at least 2 to 3 times a week.
This is where sustainability comes in. To meet DGA’s recommendations, it’s critical that we maintain sustainable practices to ensure seafood is readily available today and for future generations. Here in the U.S., the government takes a science-based approach to protect the health of fish species by managing wild-capture fisheries as well as fish farms, known as aquaculture. We all should eat a variety of farm-raised and wild-caught seafood: Both provide excellent nutrition. Having these two sustainable sources of seafood means we can keep up with increasing demand — while continuing to enjoy our all-time favorite food!
Speaking of sustainability, let’s talk clams! These bodacious bivalves offer a whole lotta reasons to love them: abundance, convenience, versatility and loads of vitamin B-12 and iron. We’ve got two delicious recipes that will help you celebrate National Clam Day in style: a one-pot clam pasta that will delight red-sauce aficionados (as well as anyone looking for a hands-off, 20-minute meal!) and a lightened-up, New England clam chowder with plenty of slow-simmered flavor. Enjoy!
P.S. Want to know more about seafood sustainability? Check out the latest information at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.