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:

 

10 Ways To Start Fresh With Seafood

The new year is a time for a fresh, healthy start. We’re encouraging Americans to focus on long-term lifestyle changes, including adding more seafood, for improved health all year long.

January often means drastic lifestyle changes, such as fad diets and intense exercise routines; but 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.  We want to help you find simple solutions to help you succeed in your healthy lifestyle goals.

Here are 10 fun tips on how to Start Fresh with Seafood:

1. Get Creative Cooking

Did you get a fun new kitchen gadget for the holidays? Seafood is great in an air fryer, in a grill pan or a cast iron skillet.

2. A Fresh Mindset

The best seafood doesn’t have to be “fresh,” canned and frozen seafood both offer delicious options.

3. Think Beyond the Fillet

Try salmon burgers, shrimp stir fry, fish tacos or clams with pasta. Eat the foods you already enjoy and jazz it up with seafood!

4. Think About Now and Into the Future

To have a sustainable supply of seafood in the future, eat sustainably caught or raised seafood now.

5. Support Your Community

Support local businesses through these unprecedented times. Get takeout from your favorite restaurant. Visit your local fishmonger or many fishermen and farmers are offering ways to buy direct.

6. Jazz Up the Flavor

Herbs, herbs, herbs! It’s all about the flavor.

7. Try a New Variety of Fish or Shellfish

There are hundreds of species of seafood available in the U.S., and yet most of us only consume two or three.

8. Perfect Pairings

So many of us are trying to incorporate healthier choices right now, and seafood pairs perfectly with fruits and vegetables.

9. Go Beyond Fish & Shellfish

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you can also enjoy the health benefits of seafood – try sea vegetables like seaweed and kelp.

10. Start with Seafood

From smoked salmon on a bagel to crab cooked into eggs, breakfast is a perfect time to try seafood.

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.

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.

October Is Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month, as well as National Seafood Month! You can celebrate both by looking for Fair Trade CertifiedTM tuna, shrimp, scallops, and salmon at Hy-Vee stores. Join us in making a difference by choosing Fair Trade Certified seafood products.

What is fair trade?

Fair trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, consumers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.

We at Fair Trade USA® believe that everyone wants to do what’s right – for their families, fellow global citizens, and the planet. That’s why we’re committed to making the right choices the most obvious ones. Based on the simple idea that the products bought and sold every day are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and fishermen, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business.

What does fair trade certification mean?

When you see a product with the Fair Trade Certified seal, you can be sure it was made according to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards. We work closely on the ground with producers and certify transactions between companies and their suppliers to ensure that the people making Fair Trade Certified goods work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and earn additional money to empower and uplift their communities.

 

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.

Trust But Verify: Hy-Vee Deepens Relationships with Suppliers on Sustainable Tuna Commitments

Providing customers with sustainable seafood has long been a priority of Hy-Vee, rooted in a commitment to protect ocean resources. Our Seafood Procurement Policy goes beyond the traditional idea of environmental sustainability, including commitments aimed at improving traceability and social responsibility in seafood supply chains. Most recently, we expanded our policy to include best practices for at-sea transshipment of tuna.

Since adding at-sea transshipment, Hy-Vee has been hard at work putting the policy into practice. First, we expanded our annual vendor survey, from where our seafoods are harvested, to include questions about the occurrence of at-sea transshipment in tuna supply chains. After understanding where transshipment is taking place, Hy-Vee takes a deeper dive into a tuna supply chain to confirm the accuracy of reported seafood data and to ensure compliance with our Seafood Procurement Policy.

To put this verification into practice, Hy-Vee partnered with Chicken of the Sea and sustainability advisor FishWise, to track a canned tuna product from harvest to Hy-Vee’s shelves. To better understand Chicken of the Sea’s efforts and ability to meet our at-sea transshipment policy, we looked at the supply chain documentation available for key topics:

  • Electronic monitoring and observer coverage
  • Legality of at-sea transshipment events via supporting documentation referencing authorization to transship in high seas waters
  • Worker protections, including vessel and crew safety, on vessels associated with transshipment events

Best practices for monitoring at-sea transshipment, and reducing its associated risks, include understanding where it happens, how it is reported, and who observes the event. Chicken of the Sea provided detailed harvest-level information demonstrating that they prioritize purchasing tuna from fishing vessels with legal government registrations and electronic reporting procedures. Catch documentation also shows observer coverage for all transshipment events and include information about when and where the activity was taking place, adding confidence around the legality of the transshipment event.

Thai Union, owner and operator of Chicken of the Sea, provides publicly available information regarding its vessel code of conduct in support of human rights and worker protections. Through this deep dive, Chicken of the Sea shared additional assurance that the company purchased tuna from fishing vessels that adhere to those standards – specifically regarding worker time spent at sea – through records of fishing trip dates.

Hy-Vee has strong relationships with its seafood suppliers grounded in collaboration and trust. Relationships that are made stronger by working together to ensure sustainable, transparent supply chains. Chicken of the Sea’s dedication to support traceable and legal seafood through its numerous tuna policies and commitments made them an ideal supplier to work with. Chicken of the Sea’s ability to meet the best practices laid out in Hy-Vee’s policy demonstrates the progress that’s been made on tuna sustainability and sets a precedent for other tuna suppliers to follow suit.

Tuna Advocacy: Hy-Vee Dives Deeper

Tuna is the second most popular seafood in the United States, right up there with shrimp and salmon. Given how many different delicious ways there are to serve it up, it’s no wonder we love it so much!

Hy-Vee is proud of its industry leading sourcing guidelines and continued efforts to offer Responsible Choice and Fair Trade tuna products. We also understand the importance of advocating for better policy and management of fisheries far before that seafood begins its journey through the supply chain to your plate.

Providing responsibly sourced seafood to our customers requires a multi-faceted approach that has Hy-Vee working behind the scenes to support strong policy and management of global fisheries. Sometimes, that means going to bat for fisheries reform. Many of the world’s tuna fisheries are experiencing pressure from overfishing, lack great monitoring, and require cooperation from multiple countries to adopt sustainable, and ethical, management practices. What fisheries managers can’t monitor or track on the water creates risks to fish stocks, the ocean and to the seafood companies that purchase tuna.

This year, Hy-Vee was one of 143 companies to sign on to a Global Tuna Sustainability Appeal letter to the world’s Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) advocating for better tuna management. RFMOs are in charge of implementing and enforcing tuna harvest strategies on the high seas. RFMOs have the power to reduce risks of illegal fishing practices by requiring 100% observer coverage to improve transparency and stronger guidelines for tuna fishing fleets. Retailer and industry participation in advocacy issues, such as these, sends a message that demand for responsible tuna is strong and encourages RFMOs to adopt better practices.

You can find additional information on our advocacy commitments in the Seafood Procurement Policy and on our Responsible Choice webpage under Conservation Initiatives.