Most people feel good about seafood – yet only one in 10 people meet the goal of having seafood two times per week. Here are the top three reasons you should step up your seafood game:
So, what are you waiting for? Get started today with some of the resources below and check out these deliciously easy and affordable recipes the whole family will like.
In honor of National Seafood Month, we invite you to take the Healthy Heart Pledge and eat seafood twice a week! Click here to learn more and encourage your friends to take the pledge for a healthier heart.
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This month we were able to sit down with David LaMaster at Stonewall Jackson Middle School and ask him a few questions:
Why did you want to be involved in the Seafood Nutrition Partnership aquaponics project?
The Seafood Nutrition Partnership aquaponics project will allow our students to participate in hands-on activities and learn about science at the same time. The best lessons are always the ones that have real life importance and are fun. This project accomplishes both these goals. Our students are excited to see how this ecosystem works!
What do you think your students will gain through this project?
This project will allow our students the opportunity to learn about aquaponics and why it is a valuable source of food. In addition, they will learn the science behind how this amazing ecosystem works.
Now tell us, what is your favorite seafood dish?
I enjoy all different types of seafood. However, I love grilled salmon the most, but fish and chips are a close second.
For more information about the SNP aquaponics pilot project, please click here.
Aquaculture is also known as fish or shellfish farming. It serves many purposes, including seafood production. Not only has it improved nutrition and food security in many parts of the world, it is also one of the most resource-efficient ways to produce protein – fish convert more of the food they eat into body mass than land animals. In fact, fish are ectothermic animals which means they don’t need to use energy for body heat and all energy they consume goes toward growth.
Ready to become an aquaculture expert? Here are a few fun facts and stats to help you blow it out of the water:
How much of the world’s seafood supply is produced from aquaculture?
Globally, aquaculture supplies more than 50 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption – and that number is expected to rise. China is the largest producer of aquaculture followed by Japan, India and Norway. The U.S. is a major consumer of aquaculture products. We import about 90 percent of our seafood, half of which is from aquaculture. However, America’s aquaculture meets only five to seven percent of the demand for seafood.
What types of seafood species are most commonly produced in aquaculture?
Typical seafood species found in aquaculture are oysters, salmon, trout, hard and soft-shell crabs, and other shellfish, such as clams and mussels.
In the US, freshwater aquaculture produces catfish, trout, and tilapia. Molluscan shellfish (oysters, clams, and mussels), account for about two-thirds of marine production, followed by salmon, shrimp, barramundi, sea bass and others.
What are the different aquacultural methods?
There are a few different types of aquaculture:
Is it okay to eat farmed fish?
Yes, farmed fish is safe the eat. The U.S. laws governing the harvest and processing of seafood for human consumption are among the best in the world. Compare it to eating other farmed animals like chicken or beef. Seafood farmers follow the same food safety guidelines as land farmers. Farmed fish are fed diets specifically designed for their nutritional needs.
Hungry for more? Our very own Scientific & Nutrition Advisory Council member, Dr. Scott Nichols of Food's Future, wrote a compelling article about how eating farmed fish can save the planet. He explains why aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of agriculture and how it is poised to contribute meaningfully to our future food needs.
Check out NOAA’s FAQs about aquaculture for even more information or watch this video that gives a great overview of aquaculture in the US .
It's party time! As National Seafood Month approaches this October, it's time to celebrate with a #SeafoodParty. Start with this tasty recipe from Kara Lydon, RD, LDN,
Smoked Trout Polenta Bites
Created by Kara Lydon, RD, LDN
Yield: Makes 14 squares
Calling all Registered Dietitians, Food and Healthy Lifestyle Bloggers!
Seafood Nutrition Partnership is excited to partner with Kara Lydon, RD, LDN on the Start with Seafood Recipe Contest! The contest is open to all U.S. food and lifestyle bloggers, including registered dietitians. It runs through October 19. Show us your best seafood appetizer recipe for the chance to win $1,000 cash prize! You can learn more about the contest here.
By Janine Faber, MEd, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian and President of Janine Faber Nutrition, LLC
The chill in the air reminds me that it’s the time of year for gathering friends and family to celebrate our favorite teams! Mix up the traditional game day fare with some fun and flavorful seafood options. With so many different seafood items to choose from, there are numerous creative ways to include them in your spread.
When I host family and friends at our house, I look for foods that I can easily prepare in advance or ones that have short cooking times. I don’t want to spend the whole game in the kitchen or by the grill. Seafood is a great option! It really is a ‘fast food’ in that it cooks up quickly and is so versatile. And the quick cooking aspect is perfect for tailgating. Try some of these ways to include the lean protein of seafood in your game day foods:
Celebrate with us! Seafood Nutrition Partnership is partnering with House Party to host 250 seafood-themed events on September 30th and continue the celebration in to October. Follow #SeafoodParty to see all the fun festivities!
For more seafood information and to take the Healthy Heart Pledge, visit seafoodnutrition.org/ind. As a Seafood Nutrition Partnership Indianapolis coalition member, I want to remind you to mark your calendar for the Healthy Heart Summit on Thursday, October 12th in Indianapolis.
Jumbo Marinated Shrimp
Makes 10 appetizer servings
1 cup dry white wine or low sodium broth
1 t. mustard seeds
2 bay leaves
1 lemon, halved
2 pounds shrimp, 12-16 count, shelled, deveined, tails left on
3 T. fresh basil, chopped
3 T. fresh dill, chopped
1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 T. fresh tarragon, chopped
1 T. fresh thyme, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. Dijon mustard
¼ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
Tip: Can be refrigerated for 36 hours.
Adapted from: Debbie Spangler, Certified Personal Chef of Yummy~issimo! www.yummyissimo.com
Jumbo Marinated Shrimp – Quick Version
Short on time? Try this expedited version that will take 10 minutes or less!
Makes about 50 pieces
2 pounds jumbo shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined
1 T. dried basil
1 T. dried dill
1 t. dried rosemary
1 t. dried tarragon
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 T. Dijon mustard
2 lemons, juiced
1 cup olive oil
Adapted from: Debbie Spangler, Certified Personal Chef of Yummy~issimo! www.yummyissimo.com
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Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weight, and less risky behavior. National Family Meals Month is a nationwide celebration designed to underscore the benefits of family meals, and, this September, Seafood Nutrition Partnership is among the organizations accepting the challenge and encouraging all Americans to pledge to share one more meal at home per week with our families.
Numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family, yet, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. With all the demands of a busy, modern life, family mealtime is often among the first to be cut from schedules.
Making and eating dinner at home is one way families can stay connected and share their daily experiences together as a family while enjoying a nutritious meal. When you cook your own meals, you know what you’re putting into your food, which is often healthier -- and if you get your kids involved in cooking, they feel proud of helping and are more likely to eat wholesome foods.
Plus, fish and shellfish supply the nutrients essential for strong bones, brain development, and healthy immune and cardiovascular systems. As the new school year begins, it’s important to remember fish is a delicious source of lean protein that is perfect for busy students -- and their parents. Eating seafood regularly can help increase energy, improve memory, and aid in sports performance.
SNP’s non-profit mission is to help Americans address preventable health issues through a balanced diet centered around seafood. We want families to know that seafood is tasty, healthy, fast and easy to prepare for dinner, with most dishes taking about 15 minutes to make. We offer several tips and ideas for cooking healthy, balanced meals at home.
SNP also offers several recipes that are perfect for busy families, including a series of 12 Eating Heart Healthy recipes designed to feed a family of four for less than $10, as well as four cooking videos for kids by kids. Try parmesan crusted pollock - a seafood dish even kids will love.
Read the entire press release here.
Press Release: This October, Seafood Nutrition Partnership Is Touring the U.S. With a Healthy Heart Message
To commemorate National Seafood Month and celebrate the many health benefits of fish and shellfish, non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is hosting a series of fun, interactive and educational events in cities across the country. The goal for these events is for all Americans to be aware that seafood is a lean protein filled with vitamins, minerals, and essential omega-3s EPA+DHA, which are vital for supporting optimum health.
This tour will bring the healthy heart message to six cities through Healthy Heart Summits this fall, gathering leaders from business, healthcare and community together to discuss the importance of a heart-healthy diet and the impact on the local community.
In Birmingham, Ala.,there will be a market day, similar to Charleston’s Sept. 30 event, and a restaurant week. Stay tuned for dates of those events.
Read the press release here.
Press Release: From the Classroom to the Cafeteria, Seafood Nutrition Partnership Is Working With Schools to Teach the Importance of Seafood, Health and the Environment
As the school year begins, so too does the Seafood in Schools pilot project from non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership. SNP is providing teachers across the country with a grant and supplies to bring tabletop fish and garden aquaponics systems into the classroom. Along with this opportunity, some schools are even accepting the challenge to offer more seafood on their lunch menus.
SNP is interested in helping the next generation understand the health benefits of eating seafood and learn about fish-farming technology that is a low environmental impact system for producing healthy food. Aquaponics combines aquaculture, a process for farming fish, and hydroponics, a process for growing vegetables in a soil-less medium, and the water is continually cleaned through this system.
This September also marks the 37th anniversary of the National Aquaculture Act of 1980, which states that, “It is in the national interest, and it is the national policy, to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States.”
The aquaponics pilot is intended to help students learn about how to grow and be responsible for fish and vegetables, and to understand the basics of farming fish, seafood sustainability, the symbiotic relationships between fish and plants, and the health benefits of eating seafood.
Fish and shellfish have big benefits for children, including supplying the nutrients essential for strong bones, brain development, improved memory, and healthy immune and cardiovascular systems. Seafood is a good source of lean protein, low in saturated fat and rich in vitamins and minerals, most notably the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. (Learn more with Seafood: Fuel for Successful Learning.)
The pilot program is launching in 11 education programs across the country, including:
In the initial pilot, SNP will measure knowledge gained by both students and teachers, determine the key success factors for teachers, as well as the support required from the teacher’s school.
“Through the Seafood in Schools Aquaponics Pilot, we hope students will learn about the importance of seafood in its role for supporting human health, environmental health, and the ability to sustainably feed future generations,” says SNP President Linda Cornish.
SNP is working with The Aquaponic Source, which is helping source products and provides the curriculum, and AquaSprouts, which makes the desktop garden system and will provide customer service to assist the teachers.
Read the press release here,
Press Release: It’s Party Time! As National Seafood Month Approaches, Celebrate With a #SeafoodParty
The non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is planning for a fall celebration of seafood, leading up to festivities commemorating National Seafood Month in October. This two-month #SeafoodParty invites everyone to try some amazing seafood recipes while learning how eating seafood twice a week is essential for a healthy heart. Get creative with celebrating, just start with seafood.
September is Family Meals Month, so one party idea is to invite loved ones over for a family-style seafood meal and catch up on each other's lives. Or, as football and basketball seasons begin, get everyone together to watch the game and munch on some healthy, delicious seafood snacks. "Whatever type of party you decide to have, you'll showcase your passion for seafood and heart health, and Seafood Nutrition Partnership will help you make it a success," said SNP President Linda Cornish.
By pledging to eat at least two servings of seafood each week and supplement with omega-3s as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you will benefit from improving your overall health and reduce risks of heart disease. Seafood, fish and shellfish, is a lean protein that tastes delicious, can be incorporated into nearly any dish and provides support for heart and brain health.
SNP is teaming with House Party to find 250 party hosts and equip them with product samples, coupons, recipes, and tip sheets. If you’re interested in hosting a party, learn more online.
The coming months will include a number of additional #SeafoodParty events, contests, and resources, including fun appetizer recipe ideas just in time for tailgating season and the fall holidays. Follow SNP and the hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
Read the press release here.
Press Release: Inaugural State of the Science Symposium Provides Forum to Outline Consensus on Seafood Nutrition, Sept. 20
The non-profit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) Scientific & Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) is holding an inaugural State of the Science Symposium in partnership with the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
This symposium provides a forum for global leaders in human nutrition to outline the latest consensus on seafood nutrition science. All aspects on the science and technology of seafood, including human nutrition and environmental sustainability will be addressed by leading experts. Educational presentations will merge technical analysis and accessible information for non-specialists.
The 2015-2020 USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends at least two servings of seafood per week and at least 250mg of omega-3s EPA+DHA per day to support heart and brain health as part of a healthy diet. Only 10 percent of Americans eat seafood twice a week and, on average, Americans take in 80mg of omega-3s EPA+DHA per day.
Speakers for the State of the Science Symposium include:
The State of the Science Symposium is made possible by the Title Sponsor DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials; Platinum Sponsor GOED; and Gold Sponsors AkerBioMarine and Wiley’s Finest.
Please contact SNP to inquire about an invitation to the symposium.
Read the press release here.
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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