Don't forget the fish! Make a weekly meal plan and grocery list using this printable planner before hitting the supermarket. Find four of our favorite new seafood recipes here.
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 staying on track with our Supper Plan this week, so dinner Tuesday (and lunch Wednesday) was no surprise - whole wheat spaghetti with lemon, basil, and salmon and green beans with creamy garlic dressing. Such a wholesome combo that really hit the spot. And I didn't have a moment of "what's for dinner?" stress.
My Monday night dinner party was a success, so much so that I forgot to take a picture of all the treats, but did get a shot of the shrimp and rice pilaf. For additional Indian-inspired seafood recipes - which are more crowd-pleasing than you'd think - browse this food blog, Quick Indian Cooking.
We had a busy weekend that involved our favorite restaurant on Friday (Sushi Sasabune)...
...an attempt to surf (underscore, attempt) on Saturday...
You may have noticed that I recently added the Foodie BlogRoll widget over there in the right sidebar. Foodie BlogRoll keeps track of and randomly promotes over 4,000 food blogs. If you click through to their website, you can browse some of the diverse and interesting options...ranging from Cheese of the Week to Cupcakes Take the Cake (everything you ever wanted to know about cupcakes). Great, now I'm craving a ginger and rum cake cupcake.
My hectic travel routine will come to an end in just a few short hours when I board a plane for my final trip home to Honolulu. Final, that is, until our next Texas wedding in July. But that means I've got a solid 5.5 weeks in Hawaii, which will be the most I've had since February. This has absolutely been a worthwhile trip, though, with the highlight being the dreamy wedding I attended on Saturday night. Of course I judge all weddings by the food, and the chuck wagon dinner we enjoyed under the moonlight was unforgettable. It was a perfect reflection of the happy
I am back in Texas, partly for work and partly for fun. The work part includes a lunch meeting yesterday with the American Pregnancy Association at, appropriately, Rockfish Seafood Grill Restaurant. We reviewed the latest seafood science over a delicious meal of blackened trout. Since I was gabbing away most of the time, I barely put a dent in mine, but enjoyed the leftovers for dinner.
Lloyd and I have a goal of visiting all the Hawaiian islands over our 2.5 years here, and decided on a whim to get to it over the weekend. We booked a last minute cheap flight to Kauai, "the garden island," arriving Saturday morning and returning Sunday night. While lazy weekends definitely have their place, it's amazing how much living you can pack in to 43 hours if you try. We started off Saturday with a few hours at beautiful Poipu Beach...
Last weekend while I was with the girls in Tahoe, Lloyd went on a guys' fishing trip. He said they were very excited about reeling in a bountiful catch because they had a 30-pound Ono (aka, Wahoo) within the first few minutes on the seas. But six hours later at the conclusion of the charter, they still had just the one Ono. Regardless, Lloyd took home 5-6 pounds of fish cleaned by the captain, and we enjoyed our first meal of it Wednesday for dinner.
I usually point to the benefits of eating fish and shellfish for the insides of our bodies - brain function, heart health, prevention of dreary diseases like macular degeneration. But today I'm going to get superficial. Nutrients in seafood including omega-3 fats, high-quality protein, and zinc help keep your scalp moisturized and your hair strong and full of color. Salmon and oysters both made WebMD's list of top ten healthy hair foods.
2. Dark green veggies
I'm relaxed and rejuvenated after an absolutely lovely weekend in Tahoe, CA. The rocky peaks in contrast to the sparkling waterfalls and lake actually reminded me a little of the Hawaiian mountains and ocean. I was excited to show Lloyd, but my camera did no justice to the scenery. I've officially decided to start looking for an upgrade.
Jennifer McGuire (L), Rima Kleiner (R)
Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
As a nutrition science translator, blogger, media critic, and new mom, I believe the most important nutrition advice I can give is to only take nutrition advice from sound sources. I earned my Master of Science Degree in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University in Boston, MA and my undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. I am credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and belong to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), as well as the Food and Culinary Professionals practice group of the AND.
As a dietitian for the National Fisheries Institute, I work to help families enjoy seafood-rich diets. Fish and shellfish not only boost our brain and heart health, they can be fast, simple, and delicious. My favorite people to relish a good meal with are my husband, Lloyd, and infant son, Harris.
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.