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.
I just returned from our annual National Fisheries Institute winter staff retreat, which involved two days and one night of reflecting on 2009 and planning for 2010 in the Bryce Mountain area of Virginia. Since a few people work remotely like me, we took advantage of the whole staff being together in one spot and bundled our holiday celebration into the retreat too with a delicious family style meal and Yankee swap gift exchange. Being that we're the trade association for seafood, of course seafood was featured in the holiday meal via three crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvres - Russian caviar on rye, bacon-wrapped scallops, and smoked salmon with smoked almonds spread.
Seafood also made its way into the gift exchange, inspiring me to create a fish-themed gift guide.
1. "My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus" - I've read a lot of food and nutrition books in my day, and this one is outstanding. It offers, in a humorous and understanding way, tips about how to instill a curious appetite for delicious, nourishing food in your kids. For a "taste" of author and mom Nancy Piho's ideas, click here, here or here. I've already given two of these books as gifts this season...
2. Tuna press - If you have a foodie kid thanks to the aforementioned book, then he will love this little gadget in his stocking. Any canned seafood can be easily drained without having to fuss with sharp edges.
4. Grill and broil spice set - If you're lucky enough to live by a Penzey's, you might agree with me that simply perusing the store is super pleasurable. Buying and using their high quality spices is just gravy.
5. La Mer dinnerware pieces - The beautiful serving pieces are the perfect platters for your seafood twice a week. And free shipping!
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.