Fresh PEI Mussels Harvested as a Year-Round Treat

Did you know that when it comes to seafood, freshness is consistently rated as one of the most important qualities customers are looking for? That’s just one reason mussels are growing in popularity across the U.S.

When it comes to freshness, Prince Edward Island (PEI) mussels from Canada are hard to beat. In fact, these tasty and nutritious shellfish are sold live at the store – you literally can’t get them any fresher.

You’re now able to buy them fresh at the grocery store all year round. Gone are the days of so-called mussel season, since farmed mussels are harvested throughout the year.

Wrap Up Your Diet: Add Fresh, Healthy Eating to Your Menu

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Every day it seems there are a host of new and outlandish methods to win the battle of the bulge. The Cabbage Soup diet, the Fat Flush diet and the Blood Type diet are some of the more unusual, yet even the most ridiculous monikers do little to preserve your overall nutrition.
The reason why fad diets typically don’t work, according to sports and lifestyle dietitian Molly Kimball, RD, is that they aren’t designed to succeed in the long term. “In reality, a successful diet is one that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, taste or nutrition and incorporates your favorite foods every day.” So scratch the word “diet” out of your vocabulary and follow these four tips for fresh, healthy eating:
Keep calories in check. “Even if you exercise an hour every day, there are still 23 hours where you can negate it,” says Kimball. “You still have to keep an eye on what you’re eating.” She advises that you spend your calories on foods high in fiber, protein and healthy fat. Since the body takes longer to digest these nutrients, you’ll be left feeling fuller, longer. For a snack, try a quarter cup of reduced fat cheese melted on a whole wheat tortilla. Low in calories but high in fiber and protein, this snack keeps you powering until the next meal.
Fill up on veggies. Instead of ham, turkey and roast beef thrown between two slabs of bread with cheese and extra mayo, keep the lean protein and incorporate loads of vegetables (raw, grilled or roasted) into a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla. “You’ll be slashing calories but still get the satisfaction of eating a full sandwich, along with loads of fiber-rich, nutrient-dense vegetables,” says Kimball.
Choose healthy fats. Olive oil and fatty fish get a lot of attention for a reason: they’re both filled with healthy fats. The monounsaturated fat in oil and the omega-3’s in fish not only help to keep hunger at bay, they also boost your heart health by raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Get your fill of both with a La Tortilla Factory Extra-Virgin Olive Oil SoftWrap smeared with cream cheese and a little bit of salmon.
Lighten the foods you love. The bottom line is calories, but is giving up your favorite foods worth it? Of course not. Instead of a massive burrito stuffed with cheese, refried beans and sour cream, use a whole wheat tortilla and pile on lean protein, grilled veggies and fresh salsa for an authentic Mexican meal that tastes great with a fraction of the fat and calories.
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Get a Healthy Dinner on the Table in Minutes

Chances are, you’ve heard words and phrases like “omega-3s,” “lean protein” and “heart health” associated with fish. And yet, when you come home from work, cooking fish just sounds like too much effort. But U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish can change that thought.
Catfish is actually one of the quickest meals you can prepare. The following recipe, for example, only involves nine minutes of active cooking time. For the same amount of time it takes to mix up a box of mac ’n’cheese, you can eat a nutritious dinner that looks and tastes like it took great skill to prepare.
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, which are sustainably raised, are low in saturated fat, high in protein and a moderate source of omega-3 fatty acids. Combining the fish with almonds makes for an especially beneficial meal, as almonds contain healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. And the almonds in Catfish Almondine offer loads of additional protein.