Mussels cooked in a coconut curry sauce are healthy but taste like comfort food. Image source: Flickr CC user John Herschell
It’s not too hard to eat healthy in the summer, with all the fresh seasonal produce available, but with summer coming to a close, I often fall back into bad eating habits or let the holidays get the best of me. It’s not healthy for the body to put it through this holiday roller coaster and, for me anyway, it’s pretty frustrating.
Healthy Thai Steamed Mussels
Among the healthiest fresh seafood options are mussels. Not only are they packed with vitamins, but they also contain long chain fatty acids like EPA and DHA which improve brain function and inflammatory conditions. This can help stave off soreness in your muscles after working out. Plain and simple mussels help muscles (see what I did there?). My favorite are Prince Edward Island Mussels, which aren’t gritty and hard to clean, like some mussels can be.
What You’ll Need:
Cooking this dish is simple. All you have to do is whisk together all of your ingredients with the exception of the mussels and the cilantro in a stock pot. Once you bring that to a simmer, add in your mussels and cover. The liquid will steam the mussels and they should begin to open after about 5 minutes (stir the mussels or shake the pot occasionally for more even cooking). After about 8 minutes, all of the mussels should be open. If not, discard any unopened mussels because it means that are likely not fresh and could make you sick. Buy from a reliable retailer that focuses on freshness and you’ll save money (since you won’t have to throw out half your mussels). Pour the mussels into a bowl, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve it to your friends with a side of brown rice and a salad. Simple and flavorful, and the sauce is so good you won’t even notice you’re eating brown rice...
Healthy Rainbow Trout Recipe
Another great fresh seafood option that I feel doesn’t get enough credit is rainbow trout. In addition to being an excellent source of protein and B vitamins, it is also low in cholesterol and fat. Just as with the last recipe, healthy, simple, and flavorful will be the focus of this dish.
What you will need:
The process is really simple here. Place your trout on a piece of oiled tinfoil (dull side of the foil facing up), cover with diced tomatoes, minced garlic, salt, pepper, thyme leaves, parsley, olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon to taste. The proportions of the tomatoes and spices is totally up to you--if you adore garlic, pile it on; if you can’t stand thyme, swap in tarragon or basil. You will then want to seal your trout into a tinfoil pouch (roll the edges up tightly--you want to keep the juices and hot air inside while it cooks) and place it into a 450-degree pre-heated oven for about 12-16 minutes. Serve and you’re done.
The reality is that we shouldn’t be waiting until it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to eat in a thoughtful way. If cooked correctly, I think seafood is just as much a comfort food as any steak or pasta dish. And just because you’re staying active and eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can’t be a little lazy and have it delivered right to your home by ordering it online. Daily Fresh Fish lets you order sustainable seafood online that arrives at your door even fresher than your average supermarket. We even have a 100% freshness guarantee!