Beat the Winter Blahs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For many of us, sticking to our health routine can be difficult. Morning runs outside get replaced with snuggling under the covers, and healthy eating goes by the wayside as sweets become the norm. Well, you can indulge and still stick to a healthy routine with just a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle. Valerie Waters, celebrity fitness trainer and contributor to publications like In Style, Fitness, Self and People, offers motivational tips just for you:
1. Get your Omega-3s, even if you don’t like fish. The body produces low levels of Omega-3s, and the average diet contains insufficient amounts, so supplementing is important. Omega-3s have heart, brain and eye benefits. For those who would rather not swallow a giant pill, the makers of Centrum just launched ProNutrients, a new line of supplements from the most trusted multivitamin, with an Omega-3 that comes in a concentrated MiniGel.
2. Eat dinner earlier. When you eat dinner between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., you are less likely to munch early or eat something late at night.
3. Eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Pick the brightest fruits and veggies and experiment with new flavors. Fresh produce improves your skin, gives you more energy and builds up your immune system. Options include butternut squash, kale, sweet potatoes and grapefruit. Complement your choices with a multivitamin, especially one for your specific health needs. Recently launched, Centrum Specialist multivitamins with heart, vision, energy or prenatal benefits gives you confidence you’ve made a smart nutritional choice.
4. Quench your thirst before you feel it. Dry rooms and extra heat cause you to lose more water in the winter. If your lips are chapped or you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink a glass of water during each meal and while you workout to help stay hydrated.
5. Get off the couch, but stay close to it. If you don’t want to go outside to work out, modify your routine to exercise indoors. Squats, lunges, planks and pushups can all be done in your own home. Aim for at least 15 to 20 minutes a day. Also, park farther away while shopping at the mall, and use the stairs when possible.
For more of Waters’ healthy living tips, visit www.facebook.com/Centrum.

Turn Your Winter Blahs Into Winter Ahs

For many of us, sticking to our health routine in the fall and winter can be difficult. Morning runs outside get replaced with snuggling under the covers, and healthy eating goes by the wayside as sweets become the norm during the holidays. Well, you can indulge and still stick to a healthy routine with just a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle. Valerie Waters, celebrity fitness trainer and contributor to publications like In Style, Fitness, Self and People, offers motivational tips just for you:

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.

U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Cooks up Healthy Weeknights

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – 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.

Catfish Almondine

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Fillets

2 tablespoons butter, divided

1/4 cup slivered almonds

1 lemon, zested and juiced

Directions:

1) Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, place the catfish fillets serving side down, and cook them for four minutes, or until they appear nicely browned.

2) Flip the fillets. Cook them for an additional four minutes or until they’re browned and flaky. Remove the fillets from the skillet and set them aside.

3) Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Add the almonds, zest and lemon juice. Cook the almonds for one minute or until they begin to brown.

4) Place the catfish on a plate and serve them with the almondine sauce.

For more recipes, visit www.UScatfish.com.

Boost Your Health With Fish

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but you could probably use a few more on your plate. Seafood — like shrimp, tilapia, and salmon — is brimming with nutrients. What really sets seafood apart from other healthy foods is that it’s a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

“Fish has become a go-to food for a real health boost,” says Aviva Goldfarb, author and founder of “The Six O’Clock Scramble,” an online weekly menu planner and cookbook. “It’s a lean protein and a great way to get a dose of omega-3. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3, it’s important to regularly include them in our diets.”

Studies show that a diet containing omega-3s may decrease the risk of certain cancers, decrease blood pressure, reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms, improve arthritis and joint pain, and promote heart health.

“A lot of people are intimidated when it comes to preparing fish, but by keeping the ingredients simple and flavorful, you can prepare a healthy, delicious dish in minutes,” says Goldfarb.

Experts, including the American Heart Association, recommend consuming at least two servings of seafood a week. Not sure where to start? Try this easy, delicious recipe for Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne, which packs a huge super-nutrient punch in one meal.

The fillets add an authentic, flame-grilled taste, no grilling required. For more ideas and recipes, visit www.gortons.com.

Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne

Serves 2

2 Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets

4 ounces whole wheat penne pasta

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups broccoli florets

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Prepare Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets and pasta according to package instructions, and cut each fillet into four pieces. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for two minutes and sauté onion and garlic five minutes, add broccoli, sauté seven minutes, add pasta and remove from heat. Combine remaining ingredients with broccoli mixture, arrange fish pieces over pasta and serve.