Happy #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!
Let’s face it: The road to January is paved with good intentions, but it’s far too easy to drive off-course. At the end of December, we make resolutions, such as eating seafood at least 2 to 3 times per week. Without a game plan, though, our New Year’s goals can crash and burn before the Punxsutawney groundhog crawls out! Meal plans and shopping lists can be helpful tools, but when you have a goal like healthy eating, making several changes at once can be overwhelming. In our humble opinion, there’s no need to complicate things! It’s far more reasonable (not to mention, more fun!) to simplify your goals and focus on a few small and do-able changes.
For us, the secret to incorporating more seafood in our diet comes down to one thing—simple protein swaps! All this requires is continuing to eat your favorite meals (no problem!) and add (or sub in) some sensational seafood. We all know how wonderful seafood is as a pizza, salad or pasta topping. These are swaps you can start making right away, whether at home or eating out. And, what about if you’re craving a burger or steak but want a lighter option? We’ve rounded up five seafood recipes that will show you how effortless it can be to start food-swapping your way to better health.
And here’s some food for thought: Putting more seafood on the table, as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, helps us get the nutrients we need to thrive. Among other benefits, seafood is an excellent source of high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins and minerals, with much less saturated fat than red meat.
Given all these benefits, it’s well worth it to get back on track, and there’s no time like the present! A couple of easy protein swaps each week can help you do just that. We hope you enjoy these pescatarian recipes as much as we do!
This recipe for light and juicy sliders swaps in heart-healthy salmon for a crowd-pleasing good time!
In place of bacon at breakfast, try some smoked salmon. It gives a salty kick to this awesome, all-in-one meal.
Sandwich meat can be high in sodium and saturated fat. Swapping in some lean crab instead (with some creamy avocado for good measure) gives you a satisfying, immune-boosting bread spread.
Talk about value-add! The classic spinach and artichoke dip gets a welcome punch of protein from tender shrimp.
Subbing in tuna for traditional steak may be our most inspired swap yet! You’ll reel in the omnivores with these meaty, seared shish kabobs.