Alaska Seafood Benefits: Health & Nutrition

If you’re focused on a more healthy lifestyle in 2021, look no further than Wild Alaska seafood.

Alaska seafood is a key source of marine omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) which are essential for our bodies to promote heart health, suppress inflammatory responses, improve blood flow and participate in brain function. Alaska seafood is also naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including vitamins E, A, D and B-12. Alaska seafood provides a complete, high-quality protein keeping muscles and bones strong and healthy.

“SEAFOOD IS RICH IN PROTEIN AND OTHER IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS, LIKE B VITAMINS, SELENIUM AND HEART-HEALTHY OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS.”
RIMA KLEINER, MS, RD, LDN

Check out these resources from ASMI for more information:

 

Dish On Fish: Holiday Anxiety & Seasonal Depression Are No Match for Seafood

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

The Dish on Fish team loves the holidays! But let’s get real about another aspect of the season: Stress! During a “normal” year the holiday season can be an extremely hectic time. This year the anxiety may be amplified—and on top of that, so may the “wintertime blues.” The good news is that a healthy diet may help lift your winter spirits! Lean protein, vitamins and antioxidants—the same nutrients found in seafood—have been shown to keep the blues at bay. Embracing the mind-food connection and choosing nourishing foods may help improve energy, sleep and mood overall. Studies show that the omega-3s and vitamin D in seafood may help contribute to brain health.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 5% of the U.S. population is affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which includes changes in disposition ranging from mild seasonal depression to full-blown seasonal depression. Symptoms include anxiety, depression and fatigue, as well as changes in sleep, appetite and weight. SAD often begins in early fall as the days get shorter and can last for four or five months.

But studies from Iceland and Japan—countries with short winter days and high fish consumption—show there may be a correlation between a high-seafood diet and a reduced risk of SAD.

No question, fish has the nutritional building blocks you need to keep you strong in both body and mind. So, if you’re affected by anxiety or depression this season or just feel less energetic than usual, try eating seafood at least 2 to 3 times each week! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite mood-lightening recipes—in addition to being good for you, they’re super-easy to prepare. Stay well!

Cheesy Pimento Tuna Melt

We don’t want to brag, but our cheesy tuna melt is the best! In just 15 minutes, you have the perfect after-school, after-work or anytime light meal. What’s more, it has 20 grams of protein to help restore your energy.

 

Maple Pecan-Crusted Salmon

This recipe features an uplifting superfood, salmon, which is bursting with omega-3s and vitamin D. It’s quick-cooking and tasty, too. The tangy-sweet pecan crust really ups the “wow” factor!

Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

Delicate trout benefits from a quick skillet sauté and restrained seasonings. This gluten-free, high-protein dish is sure to satisfy the pickiest palates.

Lemon and Walnut-Crusted Cod

Another of our favorite crusted fish recipes, this lemony cod is packed with plenty of protein and B vitamins to power you through the winter weather. It also delivers a double dose of omega-3s with the addition of chopped walnuts.

Hy-Vee Celebrates Responsible Seafood Program Achievements

Hy-Vee has completed its seafood sourcing due diligence plan two years ahead of schedule, concluding another successful year for its Responsible Seafood Program.

In 2017, Hy-Vee and FishWise created a 5-year due diligence plan to increase visibility into its seafood supply chains and reduce risks related to illegal and unethical fishing practices. The plan included specific steps to put Hy-Vee’s Seafood Procurement Policy into action. Since 2012, Hy-Vee has been working to build its best-in-class seafood program with increasing expectations and efforts for transparent, socially responsible seafood supply chains.

“Hy-Vee recognizes that responsible seafood is about more than environmental sustainability,” said Jason Pride, vice president of meat and seafood for Hy-Vee. “Transparent supply chains are essential for ensuring that seafood is harvested sustainably, legally and under fair labor conditions. Global seafood supply chains are complex and don’t necessarily provide adequate transparency. This is why Hy-Vee takes a proactive approach to confronting the uncertainty about the journey our seafood takes from the fishing boat to the dinner table.”

For the fourth year in a row, all fresh and frozen seafood as well as seafood used in Hy-Vee’s Nori sushi bars meet its policy for environmental sustainability. Hy-Vee’s private label shelf-stable tuna offerings meet the policy for the third year in a row. Continued compliance is directly attributed to regular data collection, strong relationships with seafood suppliers, and the seafood product pre-screening developed with its sustainable seafood partner, FishWise.

Hy-Vee will continue its efforts in 2021 with the help of FishWise, creating an extensive new due diligence plan to continue its dedication to the Responsible Seafood Program.

 

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Virtual Dinner Party Menu: Butternut Squash With Shrimp

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

From Dish On Fish:

Greetings, Seafoodies!

This year we’ve gone virtual in many ways. Business meetings. School. Doctor visits. And we’re totally on board with this year’s virtual twist on the dinner party—sharing recipes with friends and then comparing tasting notes while catching up over a glass of wine! Entertaining sure is different this year, but social distancing doesn’t mean we need to stop sharing food and friendship, right?

This new recipe—Cheesy Butternut Squash Rice Bowl with Shrimp—is our recommendation for your next Virtual Dinner Party! It’s also seriously fun to put together. We are already huge fans of bowls—you could say we are bowled over by them—because they’re an easy way to pack nutrition into a satisfying, balanced meal. This bowl is especially satisfying (and Zoom-genic!) with succulent sautéed shrimp topping a hearty, no-stir butternut squash risotto that’s infused with garlic and herbs.

This recipe features heart-healthy, protein-rich shrimp, which has about 18 grams of protein in a 3-ounce serving and provides 50% of your daily selenium needs. Swapping brown for white rice ups the nutritional profile of this dish.

Ingredient alert: This recipe makes liberal use of grated parmesan. Do not skip! The salty parmesan nicely balances the sweetness of the squash and shrimp.

Here are a few more suggestions that will make your Virtual Dinner Party fun and successful. The week prior, ask someone to choose a wine that can be enjoyed with dinner. The day of, remind the group to have their ingredients prepped and ready to go so everyone is ready to cook. Add a fun element, like getting dressed for dinner or voting on the most unique tablescape! This bowl is so amazing, we’re sure you and your friends will want to make it again and again! We’d love to hear how your Virtual Dinner Party goes!

Cheesy Butternut Squash Rice Bowl

Recipe courtesy of Carrie Walder, MS, RD, Walder Wellness

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus 1 teaspoon for shrimp)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 20 medium-size shrimp (approximately 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and minced garlic. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes until garlic starts to brown and become fragrant.
  2. Add cubed butternut squash, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper to the saucepan. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add brown rice and vegetable broth to the saucepan. Stir, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat. Allow to simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the liquid has absorbed.
  4. Meanwhile, pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and toss in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Heat a pan to medium-high and cook shrimp 1 to 2 minutes on each side. To ensure adequate space between each shrimp, you may have to do this in batches. Set cooked shrimp aside in a clean bowl.
  5. Once the butternut squash-rice mixture has absorbed all of the liquid, stir in the freshly grated parmesan. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Serve butternut squash rice into bowls and top with sautéed shrimp. Enjoy hot!

Oyster Stuffing For Your Thanksgiving Spread

Oyster Stuffing

White bowl filled with bread cubes, chopped cooked bacon, sliced celery, and oysters

New Englanders are on to something special. Adding oysters to Thanksgiving stuffing gives it an extra depth of flavor. It’s not strong or overpowering, just a nice background note.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 lbs. Hy-Vee bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 ½ c. chopped celery
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage or 2 tsp dried sage, crumbled
½ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
¼ tsp. Hy-Vee black pepper
2 (12 oz each) bags Pepperidge Farm stuffing
½ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, melted
2 (8 oz each) cans Chicken of the Sea oysters, drained
3 Hy-Vee large eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ c. Hy-Vee chicken broth, plus additional if needed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 3- to 3-1/2-quart shallow baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon pieces over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, reserving drippings in skillet.
  3. Add onions, celery, sage, salt and pepper in drippings in skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl. Stir in stuffing, cooked bacon pieces, butter, oysters and eggs.
  4. Add chicken broth to stuffing mixture. Add additional broth, as necessary, if stuffing seems dry. Transfer to prepared dish.
  5. Bake stuffing, covered, 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until browned, about 30 minutes more.

Seared Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta

The combination of garlic, wine, butter and prosciutto forms an incredible savory sauce that complements seared scallops perfectly.
Bowl of angel hair pasta topped with seared scallops, chopped prosciutto, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic and spinach and garnished with fresh basil leaves

Servings, 10min Prep, 30min Total
 
Ingredients
Quantity Ingredient
10 oz. Hy-Vee angel hair pasta
1 tbsp. Hy-Vee Select olive oil
18 medium sea scallops, trimmed, about 8-oz.
 c. prosciutto, chopped
1 ½ c. grape tomatoes, sliced
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
½ c. dry white wine
¼ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. Hy-Vee black pepper
¼ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
½ lbs. baby spinach
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add scallops and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown; transfer to a platter and set aside.

    Expert Tip

    It’s important to trim each scallop to reduce chewiness. To trim each scallop, pinch off the small rectangular tag of tissue on the side using your thumb and first finger.

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  3. In same skillet, cook prosciutto for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add wine and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper.
    5. Add butter and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted, stirring often. Add scallops and pasta, tossing to thoroughly combine. If desired, garnish each serving with basil.

 

Party Like A Pescatarian With These Appetizers & Finger Foods

From Dish On Fish:

Let’s party like a pescatarian this month in celebration of the inaugural National Pescatarian Month! Seafood is the perfect snack and party food with options from simple to gourmet. We have seafood appetizer and finger food recipes for every budget and flavor profile.

The pescatarian lifestyle is fresh and very do-able because there are so many varieties of seafood readily available at the grocery store and from the fish monger. We think a great way to spread the word about the pescatarian lifestyle is with some show-stopping seafood treats made special at home this month.

We are sharing seafood dips, Air Fryer specialties and handhelds. Let’s pull out the stops and celebrate with deviled eggs elevated with smoked salmon, homemade crab empanadas using store-bought puff pastry and oysters treated with a dollop of a cheesy-honey and then char-grilled, plus more.

After biting into one of these morsels, everyone will understand why we say “Go Pescatarian!” Thanks for joining in the party during National Pescatarian Month!

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs are small, savory bites—packed with protein and bursting with flavor. The deviled egg has always been good, but with smoked salmon it is amazing! Thanks to easy swap-outs like Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise, these elegant little eggs are light fare.

December Meal Plan: The Feast of the Seven Fishes
Image Credit: Kelli Boyd Photography
Get the recipe here.

 Crab Empanadas with Mango Salsa

These crab empanadas look like they take all day—but with store-bought puff pastry they come together really fast. The empanadas are impressive little appetizers but can also be served as a light lunch or a snack. Now, let’s start cooking!

Crab Empanadas Mango Salsa
Get the recipe here

Shrimp Scampi Skewers 

These shrimp kebabs are packed with good-for-you flavor, marrying lemon zest, the heat of red pepper flakes and scrumptious shrimp together into one fun, fabulous dish. Grilled shrimp comes together quickly, making it a favorite way to cook America’s favorite seafood.

Shrimp Scampi Skewers Recipe
Get the recipe here

Smoked Salmon Dip

A food processor makes whipping up this Smoked Salmon Dip super easy. Keep the ingredients on hand for an easy and nutritious last-minute appetizer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the recipe here.

 

 

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Shrimp Dip

Not only is this dish full of flavor, it’s easy to prep ahead of time. Score a bag of shrimp at the store and make it, bake it and take it to every celebration! Whether you are headed to a dinner party or a tailgate, everyone will be asking for “your” shrimp dip recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the recipe here.

Hy-Vee Features First Fair Trade Aquaculture Shrimp

Hy-Vee is celebrating Fair Trade Month in October by featuring the first shrimp aquaculture in the world to be Fair Trade-certified.

Ultra Natural shrimp a healthy, flavorful product now exclusively available at Hy-Vee. It’s all-natural, free of any additives and vacuum-sealed onsite to preserve freshness. There is 100% DNA traceability including the hatchery, nursery ponds, grow out ponds, feed, harvest dates, processing plant, cold storage and retail outlets.

Check out these flavorful, Responsible Choice and Fair Trade varieties in your Hy-Vee Seafood case:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To achieve Fair Trade certification, Ultra Natural Shrimp had to prove and continue to adhere to the practices mentioned above.

Like Hy-Vee, Ultra Natural Shrimp is committed to its employees and its communities.  Ultra Natural organized ADI, an employee association providing employees with a number of key social and financial benefits through profit sharing.

Fundesur, created in 2014, manages funds set aside by the shrimp industry, spearheading programs designed to improve the lives of  Honduran families. Learn more about Fundesur in the video below:

 

Three Kinds of Seasonal Salmon and Why We Love Them So Much

You may have heard of Copper River wild salmon; after all, many consider it the best. Copper River salmon include coho, sockeye, and king—all of which pack on sufficient fat reserves to make an epic journey through the waters of south-central Alaska’s Copper River. Learn the difference among these mighty fish and get cooking with our Best Salmon Recipes.

In September, our country celebrates National Family Meals Month™ — a nationwide event designed to support families in enjoying more meals together using items purchased at the grocery store and, as a result, reap the many health and social benefits of doing so.

Salmon is a wonderful main dish to gather the family around. Stop at your local Hy-Vee seafood counter to learn even more about salmon and how to prepare it in a way your family is sure to love.

 

  1. Copper River King Salmon: Prized for its high oil content and rich flavor, King salmon (also called Chinook) will literally melt in your mouth. It’s the largest of the three species and typically runs May and June.
  2. Copper River Sockeye Salmon: Known for its natural deep red flesh, sockeye (also known as Red salmon) has a robust flavor and firm texture, making it suitable for a variety of cooking methods. Sockeye salmon are typically caught May through July.
  3. Copper River Coho Salmon: Coho salmon, sometimes called Silvers, are the last to return to the Copper River. They’re known for a mild but delicate texture that goes well on top of salad greens or rice. Look for this late-season wild salmon in August and September.

Doing Our Due Diligence To Support Transparent Seafood Supply Chains

Hy-Vee prides itself in providing customers with healthy, responsibly sourced seafood. Since 2012, Hy-Vee has worked tirelessly to build a best-in-class Responsible Choice Seafood Program and continues to raise the bar with its expectations for transparent, socially responsible seafood supply chains.

Transparent supply chains are essential for ensuring that seafood is harvested sustainably, legally, and under fair labor conditions. But global seafood supply chains are complex and don’t always have adequate transparency. Hy-Vee takes a proactive approach to confronting the uncertainty about the journey a fillet of fish takes from a fishing boat to the dinner table.

With the help of our sustainable seafood consultant, FishWise, Hy-Vee created a due diligence plan for improving social responsibility and traceability, and to counter illegal fishing within Hy-Vee’s seafood supply chains. The due diligence plan, now in its third year, includes seven iterative steps aimed at increasing visibility into seafood supply chains and reducing risks related to illegal and unethical fishing practices.

Each year Hy-Vee tackles new activities within its due diligence plan. Over the past twelve months, Hy-Vee traced a shrimp product and a tuna product back to where they were harvested, took a deep dive into private label suppliers’ social responsibility policies and practices, advocated for better tuna fisheries management, and more.

Through its due diligence practices, Hy-Vee is contributing to more transparent seafood supply chains, greater accountability, and a healthier ocean for fish and people. Look for the Responsible Choice logo on seafood products and feel good about what you’re feeding your family.

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