The United States Department of Agriculture says twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate. Increase the amount and variety of seafood consumed by choosing seafood in place of some meat and poultry.
Today is a great day. First, Lloyd graduated from his Basic Lawyer Course and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. I'm so proud of him and was pleased to have the chance to pin on his new silver bars. Second, published reports indicate that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a much-needed step towards updating their 2004 advice about seafood for pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children. According to the Washington Post, FDA submitted a draft report to the White House that says the benefits of seafood outweigh the concerns and that most people should eat more fish, traces of mercury and all. Consistent with an onslaught of peer-reviewed studies published within the last few years, it appears the FDA's report suggests pregnant women in particular should aim for at least 12 ounces (2-4 servings) of fish each week for the optimal health of mom and baby. Knowing the science as I do, I will certainly make eating plenty of seafood a priority when I'm expecting some day (and think I'm doing pretty good in the meantime -- lunch today was pasta with tinned herring). It's a real win for moms and their babies that this solid advice might be communicated federally.
Rima Kleiner, MS, RD
I am passionate about good food, cooking, and helping others prepare healthy and tasty meals. Fish—packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein—is a staple of those meals. In my role as a registered dietitian with the National Fisheries Institute, I track and translate the latest news on the nutritional benefits of seafood. My background includes degrees in Human Nutrition and Communications. I work with food and beverage groups, as well as individuals, teach nutrition to culinary students and create wellness programs for employers. I also often provide commentary for news media. When I am not cooking a healthy meal or running after my two young children, you can find me running, hiking or practicing yoga.
Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
I am a registered dietitian with the National Fisheries Institute, so fish is my nutrition forte. I earned my BA in Communication from Southwestern University. During college, one of my very favorite evening outings was a leisurely trip to the grocery market. My passion for food was undeniable, so I combined both of my interests by earning my MS in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University in Boston, MA. As well as my Registered Dietitian (RD) credential through the University of Delaware. I live in Beaufort, SC where my husband serves as a US Marine Corps Judge Advocate. I love to entertain, travel, watch reality TV, grill outdoors, run, and practice yoga.