Monday, February 25, 2013

Sustainable Seafood Diet a Guest Post

Gabriela Sneider a third year student contacted me to write on the blog about the benefits of keeping a well balanced diet while in college. She wanted to talk from a college student's perspective in maintaining a healthy diet. Absolutely habits learned while in college where for the first time most young people start to live on their own are probably the basis for life long food habits. Gabriela maintains a healthy life style by following a sea food based diet. Following is her guest post. Please Welcome Gabriela!

Sustainable Seafood Diet is the Key to Success
Often times, college students feel under the weather and lacking of energy due to the high levels of stress faced on a daily basis. Is it because their diet is missing key elements for a nutrient balanced diet? Nowadays, college students are in desperate need to obtain more energy in order to perform better in school and maximize their efficiency level. Energy drinks and caffeine are not the way to go, but a healthy sustainable seafood diet will definitely do the trick! Choosing to eat sustainable seafood not only gives you health benefits but it protects our precious environment and ecosystems. Often times, we don’t have a clue of what we are feeding our bodies but it is important to take a second and reflect on the after effects caused by certain foods; some of which can be beneficial! Eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle is the ultimate goal, here are a few ways that eating scallops can help lead you to that improved way of life.

Scallops are incredibly high in nutrient content including vital minerals such as, magnesium, selenium, and potassium. These minerals act in a way, which prevent and protect our bodies from harmful conditions.

5 Top Health Benefits from eating scallops:
  1. It is a great source of vitamin B12!
  2. Incorporating scallops into your diet 2-3 times a month may prevent ischemic stroke.
  3. It is rich in fatty acids (omega-3) which help reduce inflammation throughout the entire body.
  4. Extremely high in protein!
  5. Eating scallops can protect against many serious conditions such as, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
How to prepare scallops?
You have to be careful when cooking scallops because you don’t want to overdo it! Too much heat will cause the scallops to become tough and rubbery. Setting an alarm would be a great way to avoid this issue!

A Few Quick Tips:
• Broil scallops in the oven, add a hint of olive oil and serve them on a skewer • Sear scallops in butter and oil while adding a few spices like paprika, cayenne, or nutmeg • Make a delicious lemon sauce to pour over the yummy scallops • Add salt and pepper before serving!

About the Author: Gabriela Sneider is a business development associate for Santa Barbara Fish Market where you can support our local fishermen and buy fresh seafood online or buy fresh fish online.

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