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.
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.
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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.
Many of my lunches are dictated by the spare ingredients we have in the fridge. Today, there was close to a full head of chopped cabbage leftover from garnish for tacos we made the other day. So I sautéed it with sesame oil, salt, pepper...and voila...a big plate of cabbage. That certainly wasn't going to suffice, so I tore open a pouched lemon pepper tuna steak, heated it through, and all of a sudden, had a meal. Super easy and nutritious.
Just as I was saying I missed my family two weeks ago on my birthday, I found out I would be taking a last-minute trip to my home state of Texas for work. The Legislature is considering an unsettling bill that would require warning signs by fish in grocery stores, so I flew in to give testimony about my concerns. I got pressed on the health benefits of seafood, especially during pregnancy, and gave the best science-based answers I could. It was my first experience with state government, and I soaked every minute up like a sponge. Policy is
Today is too busy. I booked a last minute flight to Texas (leaving tomorrow!) for a work trip that popped up, and tonight we're having company for a belated birthday/Cinco de Mayo party. Everyone is bringing their favorite Mexican treats to share - delicioso!
I am home in Hawaii after a couple hiccups along the way. My cell phone broke and my checked luggage went missing. But now I am back up and running - I have my home phone to tide me over until I get a new cell phone, and my luggage was found and delivered right to my door.
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.