National Seafood Month is an annual designation observed in October. Where do we even start with this one?! People all over the world love seafood, and there are about a thousand different ways you can eat it… So really, it’s hard to get sick of. From smoked salmon to buttery lobster tails, to shrimp cocktail, to sushi… there’s a kind of seafood for just about everyone. The list goes on and on.
Humans feasting on seafood dates back long before written history. We know this because of early cave drawings. Since humans didn’t have the most efficient equipment back then, they used bird beaks and spears carved from wood and stone. Today, people in countries all over the world fish in dozens of different ways, and have learned to love seafood in hundreds of different recipes. Besides being super tasty, eating fish and shellfish has major health benefits. To name a few:
- Fish provide essential nutrients. The specifics depend on what kind of fish you’re eating, but to tell you the truth, there isn’t a kind that’s “bad” for you. They are a great natural source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B, and D.
- Seafood promotes heart health. It’s nutritious enough to be low in saturated fat and high in protein… but even better news for your heart, fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These can drastically reduce the risk of cardiovascular events like strokes, heart attacks, or sudden cardiac arrest.
- It’s great for your joinst! Those omega-3 fatty acids are good for easing tender joints and reducing that stiffness that comes when you roll out of bed in the morning.
- If you want healthy, glowing skin… add a little more fish to your diet. Eating seafood helps your skin hold it’s natural moisture. Your skin glows more from what it naturally produces than what you rub on it! It can also help protect against UV rays from the sun.
- Eating fish boosts your brainpower. Studies show that seafood omega-3’s could lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, and promote proper brain growth in infants and children.
- Believe it or not, seafood can even help fight depression. Research shows a strong correlation between omega-3’s and decreasing depression… It helps people have a more positive outlook on life!
- If you’re pregnant, eat fish for dinner once in a while. Experts say eating more fish has positive benefits on birth weight because it enhances fetal growth and development.
Okay, I know I said I was only going to name a few… but clearly fish have a lot to offer our bodies, and it was hard to keep the list short! It’s important to note that if you happen to be allergic to seafood, you can always take vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids in pill form, but health experts prefer you get these nutrients from food.
Celebrate Seafood All Year Long
- National Seafood Month
- National Fried Scallops Day
- National Shrimp Day
- National Baked Scallops Day
- National Crab Day
- Clams on the Half Shell Day
- National Shrimp Scampi Day
- National Lobster Day
- National Go Fishing Day
- National Catfish Day
- National Caviar Day
- National Oyster Day
- National Seafood Bisque Day
- Lobster Newburgh Day
- Deep Fried Clams Day
- Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
- National Sardines Day
My Seafood Recipes
- Creamy Shrimp with Asparagus
- Spinach Artichoke Crusted Salmon
- Shrimp Mushroom Pasta Salad
- New England Style Clam Chowder
HOW TO OBSERVE
Go out on the town and have some fun! Hit up your favorite seafood restaurant with friends and family, enjoy some of your favorite seafood dishes and use #NationalSeafoodMonth to post on social media. If you live near an ocean, spend a day or two fishing out on the water. Since there are endless amounts of great seafood recipes, we couldn’t even begin to list them all… but if you want to give seafood cooking a try this month.