Slim down with seafood this summer
Grilled, steamed, broiled, or baked, fish and seafood are great go-tos at this time of year. And as nearly all varieties are Free Foods on Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing, you can eat as much as you like to satisfy your appetite and still lose weight! Here’s how to enjoy them at their best this sunshine season.
Firm fish like salmon and swordfish are ideal for grilling as they’re sturdier and less likely to fall apart—whereas flakier, more delicate varieties like tilapia and flounder are better for baking, broiling and sautéing. Depending on where you live, you may have access to freshly caught seafood, but if not, you’re still in luck: Much of what you’ll find in the grocery store freezer section is frozen just after it’s caught, ensuring a flavor and texture that’s as close to fresh as possible.
If you’ve bought your fish fresh, stick it in the coldest part of the fridge as soon as you get home and cook it within two days. Thaw frozen fish overnight in the fridge, or speed things up by placing it in a resealable bag and submerging it in a bowl of cold water, refreshing the water every 30 minutes until the dish is thawed. To prep bivalves like mussels and clams, scrub them first under cold water to remove any grit or mud, then remove mussels’ beards (those thread-like fibers that may be attached to the shell) by pulling them down towards the hinged end. Finally, to ensure your mollusks are still alive (and thereby safe to eat) before cooking them, tap each one gently on a countertop; you should see the small gap between the shells close up. Discard any that don’t, as well as ones with cracked or broken shells.
Try rubbing fish with Cajun seasoning before grilling or sautéing for a mouthwatering punch, or roast it on top of vegetables, citrus, and herbs for an all-in-one dinner that’s sure to please. If you’re having friends over, why not throw a clambake? Serve steamed clams alongside boiled baby potatoes, corn on the cob, and plenty of lemon wedges, then let everyone dig in!