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'm finally ALL moved in to my new kitchen. I spent a good third of my weekend in there, organizing, cooking, and sometimes just staring at the stocked fridge and pantry with appreciation.
Lloyd was sick over the weekend, so my first couple meals were homemade comfort foods - chicken tortilla soup and macaroni and cheese. I also made salmon burgers, which in this family are as traditional as PB&J.
In addition to being outstandingly high in fish-based omega-3s, salmon is also an excellent source of vitamin D. So are other oily fish like mackerel, tuna, and sardines; fortified milk and cereals; and sunshine - about 15 minutes of sun exposure daily without sunscreen to 50 percent of the skin can help boost vitamin D levels without increasing skin cancer risk..
Vitamin D is crucial for so many reasons - bone health, heart health, cancer prevention - and now a new study adds brain health in older adults to the list. Researchers at Peninsula Medical School, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Michigan found for the first time a relationship between low vitamin D and cognitive problems in older people. As if one brain-boosting nutrient in seafood wasn't enough (the omega-3 in fish make up 40 percent of the fat in the brain), now this!
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.