5 Easy ways to get more fish into your diet

Jen Klein

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By now you've likely read more than your share of news articles about the benefits of fish. Fish have omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial to overall health. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends two servings of fish per week as part of a heart-healthy diet.

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But for some, it can feel like a challenge to get fish into the diet. You may like the idea of more fish, but don't know where to start! Here a five ways to get more fish into your meal repertoire.

1Get friendly with the fishmonger

Even far inland, your local mega-mart likely has a fish section and the people who run it know at least a little bit about the fish being sold. They can tell you what is the freshest of the fish available and give you some hints on ways to prepare it.

Better yet, if you have a local specialty fish market, step in one day. Although you may not be shopping there weekly, getting to know the staff, the products they sell and how it comes to them, can help compel you to seek out fish more often.

2Don't be afraid of frozen

While fresh is terrific, sometimes you have to go with frozen -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing! In fact, quality frozen fish can beat fresh in some instances (it depends on the quality of the fish to begin with). One smaller national specialty grocery chain has a repution for having some very good fish in their freezers. It's worth some investigating.

Some frozen breaded fish can be delicious and not at all like the gummy fish sticks you remember. Quality frozen breaded filet can be a great way to enjoy fish tacos in the dead of winter.

3Check the deli aisle

Smoked and cured fish products are a great way to get fish into your meals. You may think of lox (smoked salmon) on a bagel with cream cheese for brunch, but it's just as good during a mid-week lunch or as part of a light dinner. Heck, it's good as an afternoon snack! Salmon isn't the only cured fish option -- while some versions of cured fish may not be quite to your taste, you never know until you try!

4Revisit your childhood

The tuna of your childhood sandwiches has improved. Tuna perserved in a can sometimes managed to absorb something of a tinny zing (that tuna is now perserved in foil pouches). The result is a much tastier tuna -- perfect for a retro tuna melt or simply sprinkling on a salad.

5Go gourmet

Maybe the way for you to get more fish into your diet is by going seriously gourmet. Caviar (fish roe) packs something of a nutritional punch. Yes, it's high in sodium, but just about a tablespoon of caviar has over 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12! It's also a good souce of vitamin D, iron, magnesium and selenium. And it feels so chic to eat it! Try a few grains of caviar on a cracker with just a little sour cream.

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