Feed your fitness

25 Aug 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Seafood is a lean protein that’s not only good for athletes but also for the fitness conscious looking for a healthy diet.



Whether you’re a competitive sprinter chasing a new record or an everyday gym junkie looking to get the most from your workout, seafood is among the best foods to support an athletic lifestyle. It not only delivers great-tasting nutrition but also provides exceptional health benefits.

The combination of lean protein, anti-inflammatory Omega-3s and muscle-building nutrients found in Alaska seafood are why it’s a staple for athletes such as American middle-distance runners Ryan and Sara Hall.

“We like to incorporate Alaska seafood in our daily diet because it’s a really high-quality protein that helps to repair our muscles on a daily basis,” says Ryan, a two-time Olympian and holder of the US half-marathon record.

After a run, Sara Hall – a 3,000-metre steeplechase and marathon runner – relies on seafood as a go-to for low-fat meals with protein and simple-to-digest carbs.

Sample this dish straight from the Hall kitchen, and find more recipes and nutritional values for your favourite seafood at wildalaskaseafood.com.

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Pan-Seared Cod over Minted Pea Puree

Food

Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 900g frozen or fresh peas, blanched
  • 1 package fresh mint, leaves only salt, to taste
  • 4 Alaska cod fillets, fresh, frozen or thawed
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning

Method:

  • Add water, peas and mint to a blender or food processor and season with salt. Puree until almost smooth. Cover and keep warm.
  • If frozen, rinse the ice glaze from the cod under cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel. Heat a heavy, nonstick pan over a medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the fillets with olive oil. 
  • In a heated frying pan, cook the cod, uncovered, for about 3-4 minutes until browned. Shake the pan occasionally to keep the fish from sticking. Turn the cod over and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Cover the pan tightly and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for an additional 6-9 minutes for frozen cod or 3-4 minutes for fresh/thawed fish. Cook until the fish is opaque throughout. 
  • To serve, spoon the pea puree onto four plates. Top each with a cod fillet and serve immediately.


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