I grew up eating fish once a week but as an adult I had gotten away from it. I am not sure why, but in my head I was convinced I didn’t like fish.
Recently I wrote an article about making healthy changes and reminded myself, as much as everyone, that changes take place one step at a time. Adding fish to the weekly menu was one step toward living healthier.
The Challenge: Adding Fish / Seafood to Our Weekly Meals
Fish is super healthy. Protein rich, nutrient dense, a great source of healthy omega3s and minerals, yet light in calories.
How Eating Fish Benefits Your Health:
- High in important nutrients
- Heart health
- Lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol
- Brain health
- Fetal brain development
- Eye health
- Better Sleep
- Helps people with Depression
- Healthier skin
- Lowers Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Helps control weight
- Reduces asthma in children
- Muscle Health
- Fights ailments like high blood pressure, auto-immune disease, cancer, PMS… and much more
- Links to read further about the benefits are at the bottom of article
It really wasn’t a question about whether we should add fish to our menu. Looking at the benefits of eating fish, we felt it was a necessary step toward living healthier. So, I searched through cookbooks and asked family members for their favorite recipes, then slowly started adding fish to the weekly menu. In line with my motto: “One day at a time”, I started cooking seafood one day a week, and I am happy to say we now eat fish or other seafood twice a week. One of those meals, I try to serve Salmon.
What about not liking fish? How did I deal with that?
To my amazement I found that I like fish. I realized that the right fish, cooked the correct way is not only healthy, but delicious too. In the past I thought of fish as tasting ‘fishy’ but I was wrong. There are some types of fish that have a stronger flavor, and freshness of the fish plays a large role, but I found that for myself, personally. I prefer a mild- flavored fish. So, before giving up on fish, I would advise anyone to try different types of fish and seafood. You may find that you enjoy other fish. Also… this is a side point: I found it a bonus that most seafood recipes are amazingly easy and quick to prepare. If you don’t have much time after work to cook dinner, fish is a quick, easy option.
How about the picky eaters in your family?
If you have small children, they may eat mild fish without problem, thinking the white meat is chicken. For young and old, make sure the meal has a pleasing appearance. Serve new foods but don’t make it battle, simply offer it alongside healthy alternative food options. The hope is that without major pressure, even Mr. or Miss Picky will try the new food at some point and reap the benefits of this healthy food.
Are all of our fish and seafood options equal?
By no means! Our environment has made choosing healthy fish and seafood tricky. For the healthiest Seafood / Fish options, follow this link to an important guideline.