Should You Do the Seafood Challenge?
There is no better food trend to follow to improve your health than the Seafood Challenge. Unlike juicing or doing Whole30, you don’t have to give anything up to gain health advantages from following this trend. Seafood is one of the best foods to eat regularly because of its wide ranging benefits. The purpose of the Seafood Challenge is to find new and delicious ways to incorporate this wholesome food into your diet at least twice a week.
Seafood Challenge Benefits
Do you want to improve your mental health? Are you trying to prevent yourself from developing a chronic disease or suffering from a heart attack or stroke? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, eating fish can benefit you.
Finfish and shellfish are rich in essential nutrients, like vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, that aren’t found in many other foods. A growing body of research suggests that having more of these essential nutrients can prevent the development of chronic diseases such as autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, type 1 diabetes and asthma.
If you are worried about your memory or vision deteriorating as you age, eating seafood may help. Research suggests that eating seafood consistently can slow cognitive decline and vision impairment. It can also improve your sleep quality which will improves how well you are able to function during the day.
These are just a few of the benefits! Check out our blog post Best Health Benefits of Eating Seafood for more!
The Seafood Challenge
The challenge is simple. For one month, commit to eating at least 2 servings of seafood a week. There are only a few guidelines:
– Try different types of finfish and shellfish
There are many delicious kinds of fish besides popular types like salmon and tilapia. Try out different finfish and shellfish that you’ve never had before to find out which ones are your favorite. You may discover that you love the taste of mussels or can’t get enough of the sweet flavor of mahi mahi.
– Don’t eat a lot of fish that are high on the food change
Fear of mercury exposure keeps many people from enjoying fish. As long as you know what types of fish have a high mercury content to avoid overeating, you don’t have to be afraid of eating seafood. Fish that are high on the food chain—like King mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, tilefish, ahi tuna, bigeye tuna, swordfish, and shark—have greater mercury content. Be sure to avoid eating these fish if you are pregnant. If you aren’t pregnant you can safely eat one 6oz to 8oz serving a week but you should still avoid eating these fish frequently.
– Get creative in the kitchen
Seafood is easy to make. Unlike other meats, you can cook it in just a few minutes. There are many creative ways to enjoy seafood. Try:
– Adding it to your one of your favorite meals like fish tacos or lobster mac ‘n cheese
– Throwing it into a soup or chowder
– Rubbing it with a spice blend and throwing it on the grill or pan searing it
– Classic seafood recipes like crab cakes, lobster rolls or coconut shrimp
Kick start a healthier lifestyle by taking the Seafood Challenge! If you need tips on how to cook seafood or recipe ideas, ask one of us at City Fish Market’s seafood counter.