Fish on Friday

032917Fish is front and center on campus and off during this season. 

Are you a fish lover or hater? I feel like most of the time this topic is split right down the middle. Did you eat fish sticks as a kid or your mom’s tuna fish sandwiches? Do fish sticks even count as real fish consumption? Fish sticks are mixed and/or shredded fish formed into sticks or patties and often are higher in calories and salt. Fish sticks are formed from whitefishes, such as cod, haddock or pollock. Which has been battered or breaded. These are fairly mild fish and therefore may be less offensive than other fish. It might be possible that you fish haters actually may like mild fishes. Try these mild options such as baked or grilled cod, haddock, trout, tilapia and pollock for some mild starters if you are trying to incorporate fish.

Fish can be an incredible source of healthy fat and protein. Often they contain good quality Omega 3 fatty acids that support the brain and heart health.

Seafood intake is highly encouraged by many health professionals. Friday Fish is very important to many folks here on campus. No matter if it’s Friday or everyday here are some suggestions to keep in mind for seafood intake.

How much fish is recommended in a week?

The American Heart Association recommends eating baked or grilled fish twice a week.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends these kinds of fish for consuming:

  • Fish and shellfish. Shrimp and crayfish are higher in cholesterol than most types of fish, but lower in saturated fat and total fat than most meats and poultry.
  • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.
  • “Some types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxins and other environmental contaminants. Shark, swordfish, tilefish (golden bass or golden snapper) and king mackerel are examples.” They also offer warnings for children and pregnant women.

Fish at TTU:Look for quality mild fish and other seafood options campus wide.

The Commons: Chefs Corner has a daily fish option, shrimp lime tacos or add shrimp to your BYO Wok daily. Look for battered fried cod for a limited time. 

The Market: Try The Carvery line for different mild baked white fish or salmon options daily. Look for fried battered cod for a limited time. 

Einstein’s Bros®: The Nova Lox (High Quality Smoked Salmon) Sandwich offered daily 

Fresh Plate: Try baked or their signature freshly breaded catfish offered on Fridays, and other fish options daily. 

Sam’s Place West: Try the Tilapia or Shrimp on the BYO Wok, options daily. Look for a battered fried cod for a limited time. 

The Plaza in the SUB: Zi’s add shrimp to your BYO Wok daily. Union Grill: Look for fried cod combo for a limited time. 

Sam’s Place Sneed and Wall/Gates: Look for fried catfish for a limited time. 

Raider Exchange: Look for battered fried cod for a limited time. 

Sam’s Place Murray: Look for fried shrimp for a limited time. 

Websites to Check Out: AHA: Meat, Poultry and Fish; Cooking Light-101 and Types of Fish Recipes for Fish Haters; Baked Fish Sticks Recipe from Real Fish; A Fish Mongers Fish: Taste Chart; https://www.theatlantic.com//this-is-your-brain-on-fish, Harvard.edu Fish, Friend or Foe? 

Hospitality Dietitian: Mindy Diller, MS, RDN, LD : mindy.diller@ttu.edu 

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