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Four ways to include seafood in your self-care

 

What is seafood as self care? Good nutrition is incredibly important to feeling your best self, but as we keep reading about the rise in depression and anxiety, we also need to think of living our ideal lifestyle. Think about what puts you at ease. Sitting down and enjoying a good meal? Getting in the kitchen and turning up the tunes? With help from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, here are four ways delicious and sustainable seafood can be part of being our best selves.

1. Comfort Foods: As you seek comfort  — and comfort foods — while cooped up inside on colder days, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, heart-warming flavors. Check out some comfort, sustainable seafood recipes in our seafood toolkit with Seafood Nutrition Partnership.  (and don't forget our own Official Olympic Coast Seafood Chowder) YUM!

2. “Spa” Pairings: We fully support spa days at home, and spa water with slices of citrus, cucumbers or berries is an everyday refreshment that helps make hydrating feel just a bit more special. While cutting those slices, put some to the side for dinner as they pair perfectly with seafood, such as this recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumbers by Chef Barton Seaver. And, here are 6 of our favorite seafood and citrus pairings.  

3. Back to Nature: Release stress with a walk, getting both exercise and fresh air. Bring along some salmon, trout, pollock or rockfish jerky.

4. Mindfulness: For us, a large part of mindfulness means living sustainably. Eating seafood and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable seafood means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food.

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SHRIMP POSOLE’ RECIPE

Try this hearty, fall soup recipe, and wine pairing.
Shrimp Posole’ Soup
1 Medium Onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Jalapeño Pepper
1 Can (7 ¾ oz) El Pato Brand Hot Tomato Sauce
1 Quart Stock – your choice (I usually use chicken, because I tend to have it in my pantry, but you could use seafood or vegetable)
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
I Can (30 oz) Hominy – Drained and Rinsed
1 Pound Fresh or Frozen Shrimp (Raw, Peeled & De-veined)
½ Cup Orange Juice
Garnishes: Lime Wedges, Cilantro, Avocado, Green onion
Peel and chop the Onion. Remove the seeds and ribs from the Peppers and chop. In a soup pot, sauté the Onion and Peppers in a little oil over medium heat until softened. To the soup pot, add the El Pato, Stock, Oregano, and Hominy. Cook until the hominy softens and puffs up a little, about 20 minutes. Add the Shrimp and cook until pink. Remove from heat and add the Orange Juice. Serve with Lime Wedges, Chopped Cilantro, Cubed Avocado, and Chopped Green Onions.
Enjoy with Dungeness White Riesling. The fruitiness of the Riesling and the bright acidity tame the spiciness of this soup. Riesling and shrimp are always a good choice!
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And don't miss any of the additional official October Seafood Month delicious details