- Posted October 19, 2013 by
Eating Fish for the Holidays
Right now, you should already be looking for diet recipes that you can serve to your family for the holidays. Plan healthy meals at home for yourself and your family. Look at your week, and plan to shop for groceries so that you have healthy options on hand. If you are conscious about healthy meal planning most of the time, you'll be able to allow a splurge here and there. One thing that you should consider in your diet plans is fish.
There are several low fat and low calorie fish recipes that you can come up with for the holidays.
Fish is very heart healthy and immune supporting due to the high levels of omega 3. Mostly known for their heart-healthy properties, Omega 3 fatty acids also boost the immune system. Trout, tuna and salmon are excellent choices. Fish is a healthier option for protein source, especially for people who have given up red meat or any other meat for dietary or personal belief.
For some, fish may also be eaten raw with wasabi, soy sauce, and lemon juice in a Japanese delicacy known as sushi. To others who prefer to be more traditional with their meals, fish may be cooked in a whole lot of ways. The one thing that’s to like about cooking fish is that they’re quick-cooking. A side in the pan griller takes only about a minute or two to cook. Meat usually takes longer time than usual. To know if a fish is cooked, it should easily flake off the fork and still retain its moistness. If it’s a bit dry and rubbery, that means that it’s overcooked. They may be cooked in baked fish recipes, roasted, poached, steamed, deep fried, or pan-fried. Steamed fish is actually a very healthy way of cooking because it preserves the flavors and nutrients from leeching away from the meat.
Aside from savory main dishes, fish may be incorporated in soup, like chowders or fish soup oukha. They may also be cooked with pasta like seafood marinara or ravioli. Flaked fish may be put in sandwiches, salads, or mixed with sauces for dip and appetizer. They also may be smoked and cured in a lot of ways, such as herring. Flaked tuna increases the protein content of salads as well as giving it an interesting twist and texture. Tuna may also be put in sandwiches as well. Use wheat bread for a healthier alternative.
Fish is a very tasty and versatile meat that may be cooked in a variety of ways, and the choices in preparing them are endless. So when there’s a fresh catch of the day from a recent fishing trip, whip out a cookbook or go online. There may be an easy fish recipe to try out.
But remember, if you do over-indulge, just get back to healthy eating at your next opportunity. Sometimes we tend to think "Well, I blew my healthy food plan, I might as well go ahead and really blow it." Don't go there! You may have overdone it - everyone does at times! - but don't give yourself permission to really overdo it. Just guide yourself back on track.
Enjoy the holidays!