star of spring brunch: fish

Spring has sprung! And, with it… many excuses to enjoy brunch featuring springtime stars.

While seafood may not be the first food that comes to mind when you think “spring brunch,” maybe it should be. Full of protein, heart-healty omega-3s and other nutrients, fish and shellfish make a great addition to springtime brunch favorites, like asparagus, mixed greens and fruit salad.

According to a recent survey by the National Restaurant Association, more than 70 percent of Americans prefer healthier restaurant options than they did two years. And, brunch is no exception. In their 2013 Breakfast Report, Technomic says that “consumers link breakfast with health.” Because of its nutrient profile and health benefits, seafood is a “yes” food that restaurant-goers can feel good choosing at brunch.

Whether you’re preparing a weekend brunch for Easter or a mid-Passover meal or simply enjoying a warm-weather repast at a restaurant, try some of these springtime seafood stars.

Tuna: A lean protein with a healthy serving of omega-3s, tuna pairs well with vitamin and fiber-rich veggies, like potatoes and green beans in a traditional or deconstructed salad Nicoise. For an unexpected brunch appetizer, try tuna caprpaccio along with a light mayo and mustard garnish.

Smoked Salmon: The mild smoky flavor of “lox” pairs perfectly with egg frittatas or omelets, roasted asparagus and fruit salad.

Crab Cakes Benedict: A healthful twist on the usual ham.

Grilled or Smoked Trout: Serve with scrambled eggs and a mixed green salad or try mixing with light cream cheese for a trout spread.

Mussels: Pairs well with citrus and crusty whole grain bread.

Shrimp: Try mini grilled shrimp with grits or hash brown casseroles for a comforting meal.

Happy Springtime!

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