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One Fish Two Fish

August 25, 2011 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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There is nothing like biting into a juicy piece of rainbow trout. The bright acidity from the lemon and orange intermingles with fresh thyme to produce a taste explosion. Or, at least that’s how I like to cook it!

Generally a bit of citrus and some fresh herbs such as dill are great pairings with seafood - but I am only limited by my imagination for what I create.  BC has so many options for fish and seafood. It makes it easy to get the 2 or more servings each week I need to keep my body in top form!I’ve always made friends with my local fish monger to access the catch of the day. But recently I’ve been thinking I’d like to try my hand at fishing. I did a bit of research and it turns out that there are just a few things I need to get started.

  • Ah yes, a license. The good news is that I can easily get one online
  • Basic equipment
  • A secret (or not so secret!) spot. Wading in an isolated stream or fishing off the seawall in Stanley Park in Vancouver, it’s good to have options! Most spots in BC are safe for fishing. The only three areas with mercury advisories are Williston, Pinchi and Jack of Clubs Lakes and these are just for lake and bull trout

So, what about Mercury? Luckily salmon (wild or farmed), shrimp, prawns, rainbow trout, Atlantic mackerel, sole or dover sole and albacore tuna are all low mercury sources so there is no limit on how much we can safely eat. To find out more about choosing fish low in mercury, HealthLinkBC lists recommendations for consumption amounts for other types of seafood.

Well, with license in hand, rod and reel ready, a cooler of tabouleh salad and fruit packed and my body slathered in sunscreen, I am ready to bring in the big one! Or, if all else fails, I will happily swing by my smiling fish monger on the way home for my “catch of the day”.

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