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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lenten Season is Here

Lenten Season is Here
With Lenten season here, many people are including more fish and seafood in their diets. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, Americans are encouraged to increase the amount and variety of seafood consumed by choosing seafood in place of meat and poultry. Eating two to three servings of seafood per week has health benefits including maintaining brain health and reducing heart disease. Seafood contains healthy nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, iron and B-vitamins. It also has less saturated fat than other protein foods.

Here are some great options for seafood varieties. Flavor varies among types of fish and seafood.  
  • Tilapia is a somewhat sweet and mild flavored fish. It has a flaky texture and is considered a lean fish.
  • Shrimp has a nutty, popcorn-like, sweet-savory flavor. If overcooked, it can have a rubbery texture. It can be added to many recipes.
  •  Salmon is meaty, succulent and savory. It is very versatile and can be used in a variety of entrees.
Fish and seafood are delicate and cook at a faster rate. Fish should be cooked to 145 degrees or until flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork. An instant-read thermometer is a great tool to ensure the fish does not become overcooked.

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