This month we are dedicating two of our blog articles to the idea of adding fish to your holiday meal menu. Fish may not be a traditional item spotted on your holiday table, but it can help keep your family healthy and fit throughout these typically overindulgent weeks.
In the days and weeks leading up to Christmas and New Years, it’s not that uncommon that people tend to overeat, splurge on unhealthy foods, and eventually wonder why the scale and their waistline is hurting.
By substituting in fish for just a few of the high fat, high-calorie meals you usually have during this time of year, you may be able to keep the holiday pounds at bay and possibly even come out of the season feeling better than ever.
Traditional Holiday Meals
When many of us think about our holiday dinner tables and entertaining family during this time of year, we often have heavy and overly filling meals. Lasagna, gravy-laden turkey, and pot roasts for miles is what typically comes to mind when thinking about holiday meals.
Sadly, according to a report published in Insider online, we consume over 5,200 calories in a typical Christmas dinner and a whopping 190g of fat. After indulging in this, one would have to run two marathons, or 52 miles, to burn these extra calories.
If this alarms you as much as it did us, you may want to start considering some healthier substitutions for a few of your meal options.
Fish Options to the Rescue
In next week’s blog, we will be taking a closer look at some recipes that can help adorn your table that are not only healthier than typical holiday meal options, but are so delicious as well. They all just happen to include fish options!
Fish options may not seem like a traditional plate to serve during the holiday season, but it can have a fraction of the calories if you stay away from heavy sauces, glazes, or adornments that add empty calories and grams of fat.
Fish options such as Salmon, Cod, Haddock, and Shrimp are not only a great way to add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet but also a good way to increase your protein intake. Omega-3s are heart-healthy, can help decrease joint pain, increase brain functions, and may even help with depression. It really is a win-win to add one or two meals a week throughout the holiday season with fish.