365 New Days, 365 New Chances

365 new days, 365 new chances. Don’t you love having that “fresh” start to the New Year? There’s something so refreshing about it. Do you set New Year’s resolutions? I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know that, according to Inc. Magazine, the top three resolutions reported for last year were diet or eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight.

Ideally, a new year presents a perfect time to review the last year and make healthier changes, but are you ready for a lifestyle change? Individuals who break down their resolutions into smaller, more manageable steps have a higher rate of accomplishing those resolutions. If you are searching for a healthier lifestyle, I suggest you start with the Healthy Heart Pledge.

The Healthy Heart Pledge is a commitment to yourself that includes the following components:

  • I pledge to eat two servings of seafood each week.
  • I recognize seafood is a healthy choice for me and my family. It is one of the leanest proteins with a variety of nutrients beneficial to heart and brain health.
  • I know I will help myself and my family improve our health by committing to eat at least two servings of seafood each week as recommended by the USDA HHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and supplement with omega-3s.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership aims to reduce the risks of heart disease, improve baby brain wellness and increase memory for seniors by educating Americans about the health benefits of sustainable seafood and building awareness of seafood’s essential nutritional value.

See more at this link: http://www.seafoodnutrition.org/healthy-heart-pledge.html

Seafood is such a great source of lean protein—that’s just one reason why I suggest you start here for your resolutions. The American Heart Association also recommends eating fatty fish at least twice each week because of the health benefits to the heart, including decreased risk of arrhythmias (which can lead to sudden death), decreased triglyceride levels and perhaps a slightly lower blood pressure. There are also many studies looking at the benefits of omega-3 fats for brain and joint health, depression, and anxiety.

With all these health benefits it is imperative to figure out how to fit this selection into your weekly meal plan. Fatty fish incudes fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and trout.

Let’s bring the SEA to your TABLE. Get creative with the ways you incorporate seafood into your diet so it doesn’t get cumbersome. Let’s start with my favorite fatty fish—salmon! Salmon is very versatile. If you’re tired of eating a simple salmon filet over and over again, this fish is one that can be switched up!

Try salmon the following ways:

  • Salmon pizza. It may sound odd to some, but it tastes delicious! For a healthy swap use a whole-wheat pizza crust and, instead of alfredo sauce, use fat-free cream cheese. Try the recipe here.
  • Salmon cakes
  • Salmon club with avocado: 2 slices of whole-wheat toast with grilled salmon and smashed avocado.
  • Basic blackened salmon—see the recipe below.

Basic blackened Salmon

Serves 4

All you need:

  • Blackened Seasoning (Recipe below or your favorite store-bought)
    • 3 tbsp paprika
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • ½ tsp black pepper
    • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
    • ½ tsp oregano
  • Spray avocado oil
  • 4 (5 oz.) Responsible Choice salmon
  • Topping options:
    • Fresh guacamole
    • Tropical salsa
    • Bruschetta

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to broil high.
  2. Combine blackened seasoning mixture
  3. Spray salmon filets with avocado oil. Heavily sprinkle blackened seasoning on filets.
  4. Broil for 10 minutes or until flaky.
  5. Add topping of choice.


Author: Megan Callahan

Megan Callahan is a Hy-Vee corporate dietitian, dedicated to helping people live healthier and happier lives. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she also received her Master of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition. Megan has been working with Hy-Vee for more than a decade, and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Megan has served as the president and vice president of the Kansas City Dietetic Association. With a passion for nutrition and wellness, Megan is dedicated to educating customers and promoting healthy lifestyles to our Hy-Vee community. Megan lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband, Matt, and their 2 children, Kennedy and Carsyn.