Reaping the Benefits of Seafood With Simple, Healthy Recipes

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The word seafood includes mollusks, crustaceans and fish. However, the most important type of seafood for your diet is fish. Did you know that some studies suggest that adding one serving of fish to your weekly diet can reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack by up to half? The nutrients in fish are not only healthy, but help to stave off a variety of diseases. One way to improve your eating habits is to add some Alaskan seafood recipes to your diet, given that Alaska provides a large part of America’s seafood.

Fish are full of Omega-3s, which increase brain functioning, lower cholesterol, slow down osteoporosis and alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Fish also provide other vital bodily nutrients, such as iodine, selenium, zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. If you are looking for the freshest fish, you want to head to your local seafood market. It’s perfectly fine to ask how fresh something is before you buy it. Remember, the less fishy it smells, the fresher it is. At the market you will have tons of options to choose from. Fortunately, no matter what you choose, there is an Alaskan seafood recipe for it.

Here are two easy, healthy recipes to whip up a seafood-based lunch in no time. The best part is: No cooking is necessary!

Alaskan Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich with Avocado

1 whole wheat bagel
2 tbsp. light mayonnaise
1 tsp. capers
1 cup mixed greens
¼ small red onion, sliced
25-50 g. Alaskan smoked salmon
½ small avocado

Slice the bagel and spread mayonnaise to both sides, adding capers (if desired). Then, layer on the greens, onion, smoked salmon and avocado. Salt and pepper to taste.

Mango Alaskan Crab Salad

Serving: 6

1 lb. Alaskan white crab meat (can be bought at market already cooked)
1 cup mango, in 1/4-inch chunks
1/2 cup cucumber, diced (seedless preferable)
2 tbsp. fresh chives, minced
1/2 cup frozen mango juice concentrate, thawed (mango juice blend is OK)
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
juice of 2 limes

For the salad: Mix together the crab meat, mango, cucumber, and chives in a serving bowl. Then, cover and refrigerate until serving time.

For the dressing: Combine the mango concentrate, olive oil, white wine vinegar, and lime juice in a small bowl. Whisk them together. Then, cover and refrigerate until serving time.