It’s a common scene: New Year’s rolls around and you’re gun-ho on achieving all your new resolutions. For the first few weeks, you are on point with your workout schedule or eating ‘clean’ and healthy. Then week four rolls around. New Year’s feels like an eternity ago and you’re tired of eating boiled chicken and listless veggies. You want pizza gosh-darn it!
Worry not my hungry friend! I’m here to save you from another bland meal and keep your diet on track. Seafood is an excellent healthy option for your diet for a multitude of reasons.
Let’s take a look.
Diverse Offerings: There are a whole host of healthy seafood options available for your diet. Offerings range from delicious saltwater fish such as Salmon (which can be subdivided further) to Shrimp to Octopus. Each offering has a distinct taste and cooking application, giving you plenty of options for your next meal.
Easy to Prepare: Seafood also has the benefit of being an easy meal to prepare. For example, you can add a little bit of sea salt and pepper to Salmon and pan fry it in olive oil for a mouthwatering treat. Shrimp is even easier as you don’t have to even add sea salt and pepper – simply fry in olive oil!
Omega-3s and Beyond: Ask someone what they know about seafood and nine times out of ten they’ll say omega-3. And it’s true: a lot of seafood is high in omega-3s. But there’s also many other health benefits to eating seafood. Shrimp contain astaxanthin, a keto-carotenoid providing Shrimp their red own coloring. Astaxanthin is also a powerful antioxidant that may be beneficial in helping with cardiovascular, immune, and inflammatory diseases in humans. Salmon, mostly known for omega-3s, are also a great source for astaxanthin (they get this from the Shrimp they eat) and vitamin B-12. Cod is an excellent low-calorie source of protein (a four-ounce serving of cod contains over 21 grams) and contains a variety of very important nutrients, such as vitamin B-12, iodine, and selenium.