Seattle isn’t complete without any of these: rain, coffee, and…seafood! A well-known theory about seafood is that consuming fish once a week can potentially reduce heart attacks by 50 percent. Amazing, right? Think about how much medicine you would have to take to get the same effect. Fish are not the only type of seafood that provide amazing health benefits. The good thing about being a Seattleite is that we have access to many types of seafood that are fresh, nutritious, and affordable.

Salmon

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Some fish are so hard to cook that you just want to quit eating them. But salmon is different. Despite how delicious salmon tastes, raw or cooked, it also contains a high nutrition value. Salmon is extremely rich in vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, and a great source of protein. Rich omega-3 fatty acids in salmon make it a strong candidate for reducing the risk of heart disease.

Recipe: Peel off skin and cut fresh salmon into slices (about half an inch each). Dip into soy sauce. This is a popular dish in Japanese restaurants.

Scallops

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Seafood always has this original and salty flavor it carries from the ocean. Hidden beneath the scallops’ beautiful shell is a big chunk of tender and delicious meat, rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Scallops are low in calories and fat – approximately one gram of fat per four ounce serving- which makes scallops a good choice to go with your healthy diet plan.

Recipe: Season scallops with salt and pepper 15 minutes before cooking. Place a big pan on the stove, turn the stove on to medium high, and add three teaspoons of oil. When the oil is hot, place scallops one by one, side by side onto the pan. Cook until golden on the bottom, and then flip it over to the other side. Evenly squeeze lemon juice onto the scallops. Cook for another minute and it is ready to serve!

Oysters

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You probably won’t need a plate when you eat oysters. The meat is delicately and naturally placed on one side of its big, wavy shell. Like salmon and scallops, oysters are rich in heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. It is also high in protein, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin C. Fresh oysters can be served raw.

Recipe: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Mix butter, spices and salt together in a bowl. Cover each oyster with half a teaspoon of the prepared mixture. Place the oysters in the oven and cook for three minutes. Ready to serve!

 

Seafood lovers say seafood can be addictive. They can also be delicious, easy to cook, high in nutrients and low in calories. No guilt in eating a late-night dinner this time!


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