In this week’s nutrition news: New shocking results on the calories in popcorn, tortilla company linked to school food poisoning outbreaks and a new study shows how you prepare your fish may benefit your heart.
In this week’s nutrition news: Healthy foods top the riskiest food list, a study shows posting nutrition info doesn’t change what you order and say farewell to Gourmet.
You’ve grilled chicken, burgers and even veggie kabobs this summer, but haven’t gotten around to fish, right? Well, get in these heart-healthy tuna steaks before the season wraps up. Each 259-calorie piece is packed with omega-3 fats and several energy-boosting B-vitamins. Pair the tuna with fresh greens or a grain salad, and you’ve got a light meal perfect for a hot day.
Let’s face it — most of us could do more for our bones. An estimated 44 million Americans are at risk for, or have, osteoporosis, a disease where bones become increasingly fragile and sometimes fracture. Though women are 4 times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, men are affected as well. Exercise and some medications can help, but what you eat plays a vital role. Whether you’re worried or not, you can’t go wrong incorporating more of these foods into your daily routine.
We’ve talked about lean meats for the grill, but fish is a lighter option, too. This dish is simple: tender, grilled Mahi Mahi fills a soft corn tortilla and shredded cabbage gives some extra crunch. A drizzle of homemade, spicy sauce adds a bit of kick. I always grill an ear of corn for a splash of color (and added nutrients) on the side.
Just because it’s got mayonnaise and a Mexican flair doesn’t mean it’s an overindulgence — this whole meal weighs in at only 360 calories and less than 10 grams of fat!
No doubt, fish are healthy eats, but shopping for them can get confusing. Is this one full of mercury? Where did that one come from? Do I need to worry about overfishing? Farm-raised or wild? Here are some resources to help make the safest and most eco-friendly choices.
First, mercury is in fish and now it’s in high-fructose corn syrup! What’s going on? Learn more about how this toxin gets into our food and ways to avoid it.
Tilapia has gained popularity over the past 20 years. Once a fish that no one had heard of, now it’s the seafood everyone wants to try. It is easy to see why – tilapia is affordable, easy to prepare and has a mild flavor that appeals to those who may not love fish. You might say it’s the perfect “starter fish.”
Fish tacos are fresh, delicious and easy to prepare. Mix it up by using different kinds of firm fish such as halibut, mahi mahi or cod. Try soft corn tortillas instead of flour and experiment with different kinds of salsa. Green Mountain Gringo is one of my store-bought favorites, or you can make your own. A bright pineapple salsa or tangy salsa verde made with tomatillos would be a fabulous topper.