Getting a meal down sometimes feels like a game. There’s a constant race to prepare and eat my food before my daughter alerts me that she’s hungry, wet, tired, or all of the above, ha! I can play this game. Do you have any quick healthy meal options? Go Fish!
This one’s an oldie but rediscovered goody- flavoured tuna. I prefer the Clover Leaf brand. The 85g can of Sundried Tomato & Basil Tuna has 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein. I eat it on Suzie’s spelt flatbread.
While perusing the Metro aisles, I happened upon boneless herring fillets. I’d never seen these before but decided to give them a try. I love that I can just pull back the lid and eat them right out of the tin. One 80g can of the Golden Smoked flavour has 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, 0 sugar and 16 grams of protein. I eat them along with whatever I can scrounge up.
I’ve weaned myself off fish sticks and moved just slightly left in the grocery store freezer to the frozen fillets. In 14-16 minutes I can have a tasty piece of garlic butter flavoured grilled salmon ready to eat. (3-4 minutes if I had microwave). One 89g fillet has 90 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 sugar and 16 grams of protein. I still eat them with McCain fries, but that’s another battle for another day.
I don’t like Dr. Oz but whaddya know? I tuned in for 20 minutes one day and actually got something out of the show – other than a warning of impending death that is, LOL. It was the suggestion of canned smoked oysters as a snack. I haven’t tried them yet but I do have a package in my cupboard waiting to be sampled. One 85g can has 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 0 sugar and 10 grams of protein.
I admit these foods aren’t perfect. Like most prepared foods, they have more sodium than I’d prefer. But that’s the trade-off I make in exchange for convenience. And I’m not a nutritionist but in my opinion, the sodium is a small price to pay when you consider these benefits for me and baby:
- Good portion sizes, calories and sugar content support weight loss goals
- The protein does double duty helping me feel full and also helping to build muscle (which in turn supports weight loss goals)
- The “good fats” help balance each meal (carbs+protein+ fat) and are also important for baby’s brain development
- The omega 3 fatty acids are good for the heart
- The high iron content helps battle fatigue and is particularly important for me since I’m iron-deficient
- They are all packed with vitamins and minerals that will be passed on to baby in my breast milk
This feels like a winning strategy already. At least until I find time to cook a real meal!
If you know of other convenient fish and seafood options, I’d love to hear them.