Fish for Mind, Body and Soul

Written by Sylvia Geiger MS, RD
Price Chopper Community Nutritionist

During Lent, many of the customers I meet in Price Chopper are very interested in finding new recipes for fish and seafood. While they are looking for these recipes for religious reasons, many other customers look for fish recipes for their health. Most people have heard that eating more fish and seafood is good for their health, but most of us have limited experience cooking it in a variety of ways.  At Price Chopper we want to be helpful and we have hundreds of easy to prepare fish recipes on our website, many are from our EatingWell collection and have been tagged for specific health conditions such as heart health, gluten-free, diabetes or weight loss appropriate.

Whether you are choosing to eat fish because it’s good for your soul, or good for your health, keep in mind these fish facts:

  • Eat more fish; most Americans eat less than half of the recommended amount of 2 servings per week. Fish has a combination of lean protein and healthful omega-3 fats that isn’t found in other foods.
  • Pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant should eat fish at least twice a week. The omega-3 fats found in fish are essential to a baby’s developing brain.   There are only 4 fish that a pregnant woman should not eat due to concerns about mercury (shark, swordfish, tile fish, and albacore tuna). Canned “light” tuna is not a considered a high-mercury fish, and pregnant women can and should eat it.
  • The omega-3 fats found in salmon, sardines, tuna, trout and other cold water fish are not only good for your heart, but good for the immune system, your brain and it may even help boost your mood.
So go ahead and try a new fish recipe today!  I’ve included some meal ideas that feature this week’s sale items.

Poached Salmon with Creamy Sauce or Spicy Swai

Alaska Cod Florentine or Baked Tilapia

German Style Alaska Seafood Stew

Asparagus with Curry Butter or Lemony Asparagus or Roasted Asparagus with Walnuts

Boiled Fingerling Potatoes

 For dessert try some fresh seedless watermelon!

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