What is seafood as self care? Good nutrition is incredibly important to feeling your best self, but as we keep reading about the rise in depression and anxiety, we also need to think of living our ideal lifestyle.

Think about what puts you at ease. Sitting down and enjoying a good meal? Getting in the kitchen and turning up the tunes? Nourishing our bodies with delicious seafood is definitely a strong part to being our best selves.

1. Comfort Foods

As you seek comfort  — and comfort foods — while cooped up inside on colder days, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, heart-warming flavors. Here are our favorite seafood comfort food recipes!

NIH NHLBI Deliciously Healthy Dinners Scallops with Pasta

2. “Spa” pairings

We fully support spa days at home, and spa water with slices of citrus, cucumbers or berries is an everyday refreshment that helps make hydrating feel just a bit more special. While cutting those slices, put some to the side for dinner as they pair perfectly with seafood, such as this recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumbers by Chef Barton Seaver. And, here are 6 of our favorite seafood and citrus pairings.

Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumber

3. Getting Cozy

Light a fire (or some candles), get cozy with a blanket and eat some soul-warming seafood chowder.

Eating seafood chowder by the fireplace

4. Back to Nature

Release stress with a walk, getting both exercise and fresh air. Bring along some salmon, trout, pollock or rockfish jerky.

5. Mindfulness

For us, a large part of mindfulness means living sustainably. Eating seafood and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable seafood means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food.

6. A Different Kind of Cocktail

Raise a glass and enjoy yourself a shrimp cocktail, tails up.

Shrimp cocktail in a glass

7. Hands-off Dinner

Take the stress out of cooking and “dump and go” your dinner, dropping ingredients into the crockpot and creating more time for you. For an even easier hands-off dinner, call your favorite restaurant and get it delivered!

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