Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer

When Dr. Weston A. Price traveled the world examining primitive cultures, one of the first things he noticed was the great lengths the people went to in finding nutrient dense foods.  One of the most desired of these nutrient dense foods were sea foods.

Dr. Price noted that those who consumed seafood had the thickest skulls and the best bone structure of all the populations he studied.

seared salmon, on a bed of leafy greens

Sea foods aren’t just fish – they can include roe (fish eggs), shellfish, and even sea plants!  Sea foods contain many beneficial nutrients, a good source of several minerals, especially iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Canned fish with edible bones, such as salmon or sardines, are also rich in calcium. Canned fish is a great way to save your budget when trying to add seafoods to your diet.  I’ve learned that even if I buy the most expensive canned fish, it’s still cheaper than high quality fresh (and sometimes even the frozen).  It’s rare for any of my children to want to gobble down an entire piece of fish (unless it’s been breaded and fried, and even then, there had better be ketchup!), so we try to incorporate fish and sea foods in different ways.

Fish chowder

One of our family’s favorite way to enjoy sea food is in the quintessential tuna salad sandwich. It is a favorite on our menu, either with or without the bread.  My husband prefers his fish in soup, so we make liberal use of fish chowder, combining homemade fish stock, fresh or canned fish, and vegetables.  Another favorite is salmon patties (also using canned salmon).

My husband and I make the effort to eat high quality seafood nearly every time we eat at a restaurant – its a nice way to “splurge” and make sure our bodies are still getting nourishing foods.

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What ways do you incorporate sea foods into your diet?