The Easter long weekend is just days away, and with is comes the tradition of going meat-free on Good Friday and instead, having fish and other types of seafood. But Easter traditions aside, there are a whole raft of benefits to eating fish, and we think that we should all get more into our lives.
How often should you eat it?
The Heart Foundation suggests that adults should eat 2-3 serves of fish per week including one serve that is an oily fish.
3 Reasons Why we love Fish
It’s Easy to Get
Available everywhere from dedicated fish mongers to supermarkets, and sushi restaurants to Mexican cantinas, it’s relatively easy to get your hands on great quality fish, even if you don’t live close to the sea.
Fresh fish is brilliant if you can get your hands on it, and you’ll most often find the fish that is caught in your region. There are a versatile array of varieties that you could find, and you’ll often see them prepared as fillets or whole.
Frozen fish is convenient and cost effective option to keep on hand. While not all types of fish are suited to being frozen, you will still find delicious options available. More often than not, frozen fish comes as fillets or small pieces, and can be found plain or with all manner of flavourful crumbs and batters.
There are endless ways fish can be prepared and cooked, and what you’re making will often determine the type of fish you choose (or the other way around if you like to get creative and choose what looks freshest at the shops).
Grilling, roasting, steaming and frying are some of the most popular and common cooking methods for preparing fish, but other options include Sashimi, ceviche, smoked or cured fish.
We love to incorporate cooked salmon into risottos and gratins to add nutritional value as well as mega flavour.
It’s great for your Heart Health
Fish is full of Omega 3s that do all sorts of wonderful things for your body. They’ve been shown to improve heart health by helping to normalise heart function, manage blood pressure, and blood triglyceride levels. Additionally, studies have found that they are important in the development on a baby’s brain and nervous system.
Check out our post on what Omega-3s actually are here.
Fish is a lean, flavour-packed and nutrient-rich option that is great for mixing up your weeknight dinners. These are only 3 of the reasons why we love fish, but there are countless benefits (it’s delicious for one more!) For more information about getting more fish into your diet, you can read more here.
For easy fish dishes, check out our Atlantic Salmon Risotto, Creamy Atlantic Salmon with Leek, Spinach & Feta, Roasted Barramundi with Vegetable Paella, and Soy & Ginger Salmon with Vegetable Fried Rice.
Tell us in the comments what your favourite way to prepare fish is, and what fish options you’d like to see on our menu!