Healthy Seafood Salad Recipes

17 Oct

Healthy Seafood Salad Recipes

Many of us are all too aware that we must improve our diet and become healthy eaters. Seafood Salad recipes can be a part of that commitment. Not only do they promise low calories, low fat, and lots of vitamins, but they are very tasty too. These dishes can impress at a dinner party or there are quick versions for a healthy lunch or snack. Quality ingredients are what counts, and that means fresh fish and salad, preferably bought the same day as preparation. Canned fish can also be used or ready made salads, if time is short.

Salad does not have to be boring! Add squid rings, mussels and prawns to lettuce, chopped red onion, and chopped tomatoes, topped off with a tangy sauce. The sauce contains oyster sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, sweet chili sauce, and the juice of a lime. Recipes for Seafood Salad can be Thai style with Thai fish sauce, cucumber, celery, spring onions, and lettuce. The fish can be a combination of squid, prawns and monkfish, spiced up with lemon grass, ginger, garlic, coriander, and lime.

The great thing about the fruits of the sea is that there is something for everyone and lots of different ways of presenting it. Nothing beats going down to the local fish market early in the morning to get the best of the catch. Shrimps, calamari, mussels, and octopus are the ingredients to go with cherry tomatoes, celery, green beans, peppers, the juice of an orange, the juice of a lime, and the juice of a lemon. Also add
herbs and spices in the form of bay leaves, basil, thyme, parsley, coriander, cayenne, and garlic.

Pasta mixes very well with this type of food and a Seafood Pasta Salad can be made very quickly with canned crabmeat and canned tuna or, if budget allows, try the fresh gourmet fish equivalent. The pasta can be shell pasta or macaroni and other ingredients to complement the dish include onion, celery, peppers, sweet pickle relish, and peas. A garnish of hard-boiled eggs, parsley and orange segments is the final touch.

Impress your guests with a ginger cream dressing to accompany your Seafood Salad. The salad will comprise of mixed green leaves, with cashews or toasted almonds, and spinach. Add scallops and shrimp and a choice of peaches, apricots, papaya or mango. The dressing contains chopped crystallized ginger, sour cream, sherry vinegar, red pepper, and orange peel.

Lobster is a mouth-watering temptation to most people and a lobster salad makes a great fish course for any dinner. Choose quality lobster and follow instructions carefully for cooking it. Add the lobster meat to shallots, garlic, honey, the juice of oranges, olives, parsley and hard-boiled eggs. For a quick and easy Seafood Salad recipe, cook some mussels, prawns and squid, and mix them with fresh rocket, garlic, mint, the zest of a lime, and lime and chili salsa.

 

26 Sep

Reasons You Need To Watch your Fat Intake

There’s a lot of debate over fat. Good fats, bad fats, how much fat you should consume. And there’s a myriad of foods that proudly display Fat Free on the label. People eat these thinking they are a better solution. The thing is, if you went on a completely fat free diet and did not consume any fats at all, your health would take a nosedive and you would be severely malnourished. The problem is not fats, it’s the type of fats you consume. The amount of fat you consume also has repercussions. However, if you’re eating healthy fats, chances are you’ll feel more satisfied and stay full longer and not overeat.

Too often, when people look at food labels, they look at the amount of fat as a whole and never bother to break it down into whether it’s good fats or bad fats. Nuts contain a lot of fat, as do avocados, but those are good fats. Your body needs good fats. Good fats help keep cholesterol from building up and keeps your heart healthy.

You should avoid trans fats and saturated fats as much as you possibly can.

There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Under those two main types there are other types. The good fats are the unsaturated ones. Under those are the polyunsaturated and the monounstaturated. When these are eaten in moderation, they can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and keep your body healthy. These include vegetable oils, omega 3 fatty acids such as fresh fish and walnuts.

Monounsaturated fats are ones that liquify at room temperature. These fats include avocados, many of your nuts (hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews), olive oil and peanut oil. They are also a good source of vitamin E.

Saturated fats should be consumed at a minimum. These include meat, chicken skin, eggs and dairy, coconut oil and palm oil. These fats not only increase your cholesterol levels, but they can also lead to many cancers. Being overweight and consuming bad fats compound your susceptibility to cancers, heart disease and diabetes.

Trans fats are another concern. These fats are used for frying, baked goods, margarines and processed foods that contain a lot of carbs. Trans fats can be extremely bad for you, especially the artificial types.

The scope of this article does not cover fats in details, however, you should learn as much as you can about all the fats so you can make better food choices. Sticking to a healthy diet of mostly vegetables, eating fish and lean meats, is always best. You should limit your consumption of any processed and prepackaged foods. Eating the way nature intended is always your best choice.

If you do feel like you need to treat yourself from time to time, keep things in moderation and only eat a small portion. Choose your treat wisely.

Educate yourself on reading labels, especially where fats are concerned. Aim to eat more poly and monounsaturated fats and eat less saturated and trans fats.

 

9 May

Teeth Whitening Systems – Are They Effective?

Have you ever noticed how one company will come out with an idea or concept and soon the market is flooded with similar products or services? I cannot believe how quickly so many companies can follow on the footsteps of a product. Many times similar products are being worked on simultaneously it is just that one company will get there product to the market place faster. The thing that amazes me is that the same or similar product in a generic form is usually on the shelves within six months.

There are many examples of products that are available by more than one manufacturer. One of the latest crazes is all the different teeth whitening system products that are on the market. It was not long ago when the only teeth whitening system available was through your dentist. The dental procedure was not even very common, it was reserved for the rich and famous. Today you can buy a teeth whitening system in the grocery store, in the health and beauty aids section. It is important to check with your dentist before trying some of the more advanced or deluxe systems to make sure that the dental work that you have will not be altered by some of the chemicals that are in these products.

There are some products that seem to work better than others. It seems like whenever a new type of product like this saturates the market people start looking for the cheapest one. There are times when the cheapest ones are not effective. A person may then generalize and think that none of the systems work. It is important to not only check the ingredients of the product that you are buying but also compare it the ingredients in similar products that are more expensive. Some times you are paying more because of the brand name and other times you are paying more because there are more active ingredients in that brand name product. Compare more than price compare the active ingredient, the amount that is needed to be effective and the size of the actual product. Sometimes the products are packaged to appear that you are getting more than you really are or you need to use twice as much of the product if you follow the manufacturers suggested application. As with more products of this nature you do need to use it consistently in order to see some effect. One application is not going to make a difference overnight. Sticking to a new hygiene routine can be difficult; however ti needs to be done if you want to see results.