Keep Your Summer Body All Year: Create Healthy Seafood Comfort Food with Fresh Fish Delivery


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.

The best way to beat the cycle is to eat healthy all year round. For a long time, I had the misconception that healthy food is bland. But if you are doing it right, you can really pack some great flavor into healthy (but still filling) meals. Seafood is perfect for this. It’s a satisfying protein that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and it also lends itself well to all sorts of flavorful cooking styles.

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.

One of my favorite healthy mussel recipes is Thai Steamed Mussels. It’s a little bit spicy (because of the hot chilies in the curry paste) but these actually help speed up the metabolism, so you might want to give this recipe a try even if you’re not a chilihead. It also uses coconut milk, which some people think is too fatty to be healthy, but the unique type of fatty acid coconut milk contains can actually help with weight loss. It’s got lots of vitamins and minerals in it, too.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 pounds fresh mussels (scrubbed and debearded, throw out any that are already opened and don’t close when tapped)
  • 1⁄3 
cup lime juice
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk (a little trick if your sauce is too spicy--adding more coconut milk will mild out the spice)
  • 1⁄3 
cup white wine
  • 2-3 
tablespoons Thai red curry paste (use less if you have a lower tolerance for spice)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (I find Red Boat brand to be the best)
  • 2 bunches roughly chopped cilantro

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:

  • Tinfoil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butterflied rainbow trout (if you are like me, you will want to remove the head)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Diced seeded tomatoes
  • Chopped garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lemon

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!