This is a great time to enjoy fish. For one thing, Lent has begun. For many Christians, notably Catholics, the Lenten seasonâ€”which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th, and runs until Easter Sundayâ€”is a time for abstinence from meat, especially on Fridays.
For the next few weeks (or 40 days), you’ll see everyone from Captain D’s to McDonald’s to your local steakhouse promoting their fish and seafood menu offerings as millions of folks look to substitute their usual meat meals with fish.
Heart-healthy fatty acids
Regardless of religious affiliation, fish is simply something we all should eat more often. It’s low in fat, high in protein, and fatty fish is rich in essential heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fish per week to help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Fatty fish such as lake trout, herring, sardines, tuna and salmon are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids.
Now is about as good of a time as any to rededicate ourselves to eating smarter; and one of the best ways to do that is to eat more food with fins.
The fabulous flavor of fish
And, oh by the way, fish tastes terrific. From flaky tilapia to sizzling fish tacos, from savory gulf shrimp to sumptuous Alaskan salmon, delectable seafood choices abound.
Here are some of our favorite fish and seafood recipes. We hope you enjoy them, during Lent…or anytime.