The big question leading up to Sunday’s big game is usually: “who are you rooting for?” But let’s talk about what’s really most important about this weekend’s festivities: the food.
Whether you’re hosting a party or were tasked with bringing a dish, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite seafood bites. What better way to enjoy the game than with omega-3-filled deliciousness! Plus, you’ll be helping your fellow party goers with their #Seafood2xWk.
What are you making for the Super Bowl? Share your #SeafoodParty with us on social by tagging us or using #Seafood2xWk.
Seafood Nutrition Partnership Recommends Simple Lifestyle Changes For Improved Health And Lasting Results In 2018 And Beyond
New year, new you, same old resolutions. January often means drastic lifestyle changes, such as fad diets and intense exercise routines; but 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.
Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is encouraging Americans to focus on long-term lifestyle changes, including adding more seafood into their diets, for improved health all year long.
“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests eating two servings of seafood per week for optimal health,” said Linda Cornish, president of SNP. “At SNP, we provide shareable resources, easy recipes, and buying and cooking tips to inspire fellow Americans to incorporate more seafood into their diets to be healthier.”
Most people feel good about seafood - they’ll agree that it’s good for their health, it’s perfect for when they want something special, or they love how it tastes. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked both the Mediterranean and DASH diets as best overall diets - both with a focus on eating seafood as a lean, high-quality source of protein. Seafood offers many additional health benefits throughout the lifespan. It is beneficial in heart and mental health, improves how women feel during pregnancy, and aids in brain and eye development for children.
For instance, when Jason Henderson joined Captain D’s in Nashville, Tenn., as chef and vice president of Product Innovation, his cholesterol was extremely high and he was borderline hypertensive. His doctor wanted to put him on several medications, but he wouldn’t except that. Instead, he made changes to his eating and exercise routine, such as eating grilled seafood, trying new workouts like CrossFit, and taking omega-3 fish oil supplements.
“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t eat a piece of seafood,” Henderson said. “By trying different sauces and preparation methods with fish, I was able to expand the palates of my family and keep myself healthy for more than four years.”
A year after his start at Captain D’s and his healthy lifestyle changes, Henderson’s cholesterol significantly decreased and his blood pressure was nearly perfect.
Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, with its 520 restaurants mostly in the Southeast, is known for battered, fried fish. But Jason Henderson, who joined as head chef and vice president of product innovation more than five years ago, is trying to update that reputation – just as he changed his own health.
As part of his new job at Captain D’s, he was to have annual physicals. That first year, at age 40, he found out his cholesterol was really high, he was borderline hypertensive, and his blood pressure out of control. The doctor wanted to put him on several medications and told him “40 year olds don’t change their habits.” At the time, he was looking for life insurance to protect his family and was “freaking out.”
Henderson decided he wanted to put his foot down, no medications, he was going to try to do it by lifestyle changes – he is a chef, after all, so he can make healthy food just as easily as unhealthy food. It wasn’t that simple, though. He had tried every fad diet and his weight yo-yoed up and down. At 5-foot, 10-inches, at one point he had ballooned to 230 pounds.
“I wore it like a vest – that stealth jacket of heart disease,” he said.
Have seafood questions? Ask the Seavant! A seavant is a learned person who is an expert in seafood and shellfish, including the health benefits, ease of preparation and deliciousness.
You asked and our seavant, Michael-Ann Rowe (aka The Fishionista), answered!
How long can cooked shrimp be out before going bad (on ice such as shrimp cocktail at parties)?
First, let's remember that it is important to handle seafood safely to reduce the risk of food borne illness. Cooked shrimp should be left out no more than 2 hours, and not for more than one hour if the outside temperature is above 90 degrees.
How long is cooked shrimp safe in the refrigerator?
Cooked shrimp that is wrapped or sealed tightly will last for a couple of days. Use it for a salad or seafood burger!
Can I freeze it without losing the fresh taste?
Yes, if it is in an air-tight wrap or freezer bag.
I'd like to thaw it on a future day as an ingredient to use in a shrimp dip. A friend mentioned freezing it in a baggie of water. Yes or no to that idea?
No for cooked shrimp. If the shrimp is cooked, the best method would be to dip the shrimp into an ice-bath and place each on a baking pan in your freezer, laying in a single layer. Once frozen, put them in a zipper bag removing as much air as possible.
What is the best way to thaw frozen, cooked shrimp I am going to use as an ingredient in a hot entree?
The best way to thaw frozen cooked shrimp is in the refrigerator. Alternatively, run under cool water until thawed for immediate use.
Is there a correct way to shell a lobster at the dinner table?
Lobster can be shelled at the table easily and this is something I teach in my Lobster 101 classes. Watch this video of me visiting a lobster tour boat in New Brunswick, Canada. Captain Ron Cormier shows us how easy it is to shell lobster!
Can seafood be part of a slow cooker meal?
Seafood is great in slow cooker meals! Be sure to add your seafood last to seafood stews and once all the broth and vegetables have cooked for 2-3 hours. Simply, sea-licous flavors! For recipe inspiration, check out this Pinterest board.
How do you prepare white fish?
White fish is so easy to prepare and a great introduction for anyone eating fish for the first time! White fish can be firm or delicate, so depending, you always want your white fish to be flaky vs. mushy (and it can go mushy in a matter of 30 seconds!).
What are the best types of fish to use for fried vs. baked dishes?
White fish are generally best for frying. Happy to report there are many choices: cod, halibut, hake, striped bass, trout, arctic char, smelts, sardines, skate, barramundi, dogfish, perch, and dover sole.
The staff, Board of Directors, and chef ambassadors of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership invite the public to join us in sharing the health impacts they have achieved through the Healthy Heart Pledge. We invite you to share your story!
Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 with a mission to inspire a healthier America through partnerships and outreach to raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.
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