Do you love seafood? I sure do😍🐠!
Seafood is a real super food if you know what to look out for and contains many important nutrients including Omega 3 fatty acids, highly absorbable amino acids (the building blocks of our bodies), b-vitamins and many more.
Shellfish like oysters and clams contain a large amount of bioavailable zinc which is important for immune function!
SMASH fish (sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon and herring) are especially nutrient dense and are a great alternative if you don’t eat organ meats.
That being said, fish from polluted waters can be full of toxins, plastic and heavy metals which we don’t want to eat…When buying seafood, I always make sure it’s wild caught and that the supplier tests for heavy metals. I also tend to avoid larger fish like tuna unless the company tests for heavy metals. I never eat fish like swordfish and bass because they tend to be especially toxic due to their large size.
Canned seafood should always be in water or extra virgin olive oil to avoid inflammatory vegetable oils.
Below is some information published by Primal Pastures that gives some insight about Farmed v. Wild caught Seafood
While there are sustainable and fish friendly farming processes, I still prefer wild caught over farmed.
Some brands that I use are:
- Wild Planet (for canned fish like mackerel,anchovies and sardines)
- Vital Choice (super great selection of wild caught frozen fish, shrimps, scallops and other delicacies like nova lox). US Wellness Meats also carries Vital Choice products so you can get all your goodies in one place 😉
- SafeCatch (canned fish company that tests all batches for heavy metals so I feel comfortable buying canned tuna from this supplier)! You can make my salmon egg salad using this canned fish!
- I recently discovered Primal Pastures which also carries some sustainably wild caught king salmon and red snapper! We have a recipe for the red snapper here!
- The only farm raised fish I buy is from Rainbow King Foods, which sell sustainably raised rainbow trout (both smoked and fresh) with a species appropriate diet. The way they raise them also reduces chemical and heavy metal contamination which is super important, you don’t want to be eating plastic and mercury. I was sceptic at first but after trying them I have come to he conclusion that this farm raised trout is nutritionally and environmentally superior to wild trout. I am such a fan that Rainbow King Foods has given me a discount code CUREATED to share with you all, you can try their products here and tell me what you think 😋
Since seafood the benefits of seafood are endless, we try grill frozen filets (we love king and sockeye salmon, mahi-mahi, trout) 2-3 times a week and eat canned fish almost everyday with salad for lunch!
We also love to throw in some fish or crab into our coconut cream curry 😉