Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eat Seafood Twice a Week

10 Tips to help you eat more seafood

1. Eat a variety of seafood – Include some that are higher in omega-3s and lower in mercury, such as salmon, trout, oysters, Atlantic and Pacific mackerel, herring and sardines.

2. Keep it lean and flavorful – Try grilling, broiling, roasting, or baking – they don’t add extra fat. Avoid breading or frying seafood and creamy sauces, which add calories and fat. Using spices or herbs, such as dill, chili powder, paprika or cumin, and lemon or lime juice, can add flavor without adding salt.

3. Shellfish counts too! - Oysters, mussel, clams, and calamari (squid) all supply healthy omega-3s. Try mussels marinara, oyster stew, steamed clams, or pasta with calamari.

4. Keep seafood on hand – Canned seafood, such as canned salmon, tuna or sardines, is quick and easy to use. Canned white tuna is higher in omega-3s, but canned “light” tuna is lower in mercury.

5. Cook it safely – Check oysters, mussels, and clams before cooking. If shells don’t clamp shut when you tap them, throw them away. After cooking, also toss any that didn’t open. This means that they may not be safe to eat. Cook shrimp, lobster, and scallops until they are opaque (milky white). Cook fish to 145 degrees, until it flakes with a fork.

6. Get creative with seafood – Think beyond the fish fillet. Try salmon patties, a shrimp stir-fry, frilled fish tacos, or clams with whole-wheat pasta. Add variety by trying a new fish such as grilled Atlantic of Pacific mackerel, herring on a salad or oven-baked Pollock.

7. Put it on a salad or in a sandwich – Top a salad with grilled scallops, shrimp, or crab in place of steak or chicken. Use canned tuna or salmon for sandwiches in place of deli meats, which often are higher in sodium.

8. Shop smart – Eating more seafood does not have to be expensive. Whiting, tilapia, sardines, canned tuna, and some frozen seafood are usually lower cost options. Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales, coupons, and specials to help save money on seafood.

9. Grow up healthy with seafood – Omega-3s fat from seafood can help improve nervous system development in infants and children. Serve seafood to children twice a week in portions appropriate for their age and appetite. A variety of seafood lower in mercury should also be part of a healthy diet for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

10. Know your seafood portions – To get 8 ounces of seafood a week, use these as guides: A drained can of tuna is about 3 to 4 ounces, a salmon steak ranges from 4 to 6 ounces, and 1 small trout is about 3 ounces.

The Sweet Stuff Adds Up

Virgina started her day with a Coke on ice and sat a “fresh one” on her bed stand each night for more than a decade. She carried one with her, wherever she went, all day, every day. Virginia, was truly addicted to Coke. Wouldn’t you agree? And it’s not just the Cokes. It’s a slippery slope…that are included like the cookies, the donuts, snickers and other sweets. Giving it up would be very hard. Virginia, could definitely use some help.

Here’s a few suggestion to cut your sugar intake:

Go Natural: Keep your total sugar intake to 60 to 70 grams per day, with most coming from natural sources such as fruit. An orange, for example, has 12 to 15 grams of sugar.

Eat, not drink: Choose fruit, which has fiber, over fruit juice. Limit your intake of juice to 4 ounces per day. Eat the fruit instead.

Get to reading: Read and compare nutrition labels. Look for low sugar and no sugar.

Sub it out: Look for substitutes to high-sugar products. For example, try plain yogurt with only 4 grams of natural sugar. Mix it with a bit of vanilla and cinnamon to cut the tartness. Make fresh almond or walnut butter – many stores now have a machine that blends the nuts into a smooth spread for you.

Shop the edges: Fill most of your grocery cart with foods found on the perimeter of the store. It’s where you will find fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy products.

Make it yourself: Limit the number of prepared foods. The fewer products with labels in your cart, the better.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Missing You!

Good morning, thank you to all whom i've received information as to why i've not been blogging. So much has happened that kept me from you, however it doesn't mean you weren't on my mind. I started teaching a Nutrition Program for school age children at a Private Independent School District and getting back into to Corporate Wellness Programs. I've been busy establishing my company and building my business. "I'm loving it".

I promise you will be hearing from me going forward at least once a week until i can get caught up. I have so much material to share. 

Thank You for Your Patience,

Yours in Wellness,
Living Life Golden Blogger,