5 Seafood Recipes for Tasty Health Benefits

The health benefits of seafood are well publicized.  The variety, flavor and versatility of seafood is celebrated.  Get the best of health and flavor for National Seafood Month with these recipes.

Healthy Food

By Sara Lucero

Did you know that October is National Seafood Month?  Sure, we like to celebrate the benefits of seafood all year long, but now is a great time to really shine the spotlight on these foods.  From shrimp to scallops to a very long list of fish and more, the wide variety of choices makes it much easier to find an option to enjoy.  The 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommend “for the general population, consumption of about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood.”

Seafood can be a great food to add to your diet for health benefits like these:

  • Most seafood is considered a lean protein, an essential part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Each of us needs a certain amount of protein to maintain our cells and organs, grow our hair, and sustain our muscles.
  • Many seafood choices include omega 3 fatty acids.  These healthy fats have been linked to reduced inflammation, eye health, brain health and heart health.
  • Seafood isn’t just protein and healthy fat!  It also includes a wealth of vitamins and minerals to support overall health.

If you’re ready to start adding more seafood to your diet, restaurants can help with recipes that make the most of fish, shellfish, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  At home, go beyond the basics with seafood recipes like these from Catherine Katz at Cuisinicity:

Arctic Char with Grilled Pear – This simple recipe is made with a sustainable seafood choice and seasonal pears for an unexpectedly nutritious, delicious and earth-friendly meal.

Tuscan Shrimp with Beans over Polenta – With Mediterranean influences, this dish is a savory fiber- and protein-packed choice.

Walnut-Crusted Wild Salmon – Embrace healthy fats and flavor with this dish.  Catherine recommends pairing this super easy choice with quinoa, lentils or a crisp salad.

Baked Tilapia Provençal – Oo la la, we’re in love with this tilapia!  Rich tomatoes and flavorful olives and capers make it a stand out recipe.

Halibut in Wine Tomato Broth – Halibut’s mild flavor and firm texture make it a top pick for those who aren’t big fans of other seafood.  This one-dish-wonder pulls its flavor from a variety of herbs and spices.

How do you add more seafood to your week to enjoy the health benefits?  Have you started trying new types of seafood that are more sustainable?