New Year, New Seafood Ideas
In her latest blog post, Claire Partridge ponders why we put so much pressure on ourselves to become someone new as the clock strikes midnight on 1st January each year.
So… here we are again. There’s nothing like the end of the year to make us reflect on what’s passed us by and give us that sense of trepidation of what’s to come in a new year.
There’s also something in all of us (no matter how much we deny it) that we want to set ourselves life changing goals for the year ahead… but is it healthy? Why are we so determined to re-invent ourselves, when in fact all we might need to do is make some small changes and improve ourselves a little, to feel better?
One of my “planned improvements” (did you see what I did there? No mention of a resolution for a country mile) for the year ahead is to eat a little better and get back to regular exercise… I’m terrible in times of stress for letting things slip and 2018 turned out to be a bit more stressful than I’d hoped.
But, as I plan to practice what I’ve preached above, I’m going for small victories to begin with.
So I’ll start with the healthier eating, and I know seafood can play a part in that.
Healthy Seafood Swaps
Instead of my favourite tempura prawns which are battered and most likely fried, I’ll be getting my hands on some king prawns, marinating them with lemon juice, a little olive oil and herbs, then grilling them on metal skewers under the grill to make some delicious prawn kebabs.
Those delicious moules frites I love… oh chips, I won’t deny myself of you, I’ll just cut you down a little. I’ll have more mussels and less chips, plus throw some salad on the side to up my vegetable intake. Steaming is also a great cookery method for your mussels as it’s low in fat.
Perhaps instead of the cheese laden lobster mac and cheese I love, I’ll try baked lobster as an alternative – lowering my fat intake and reducing down the carbs a little. Try a light garlic breadcrumb crust rather than have a full pasta dish.
For those days when it’s a late one at the office, rather than pick up a takeout on my way home, there’s some great options from The Big Prawn Company, such as their king prawn cocktail multipack. Keep it in the fridge, snap off an individual portion pot and throw some salad vegetables together, for a quick and easy prawn salad that I’m certain if you timed me, would be ready in less than 10 minutes. No excuse not to cook.
There’s 4 simple lifestyle changes that I’m hoping to adopt in the year ahead. What’s different from other years? It’s mindset. These are small and manageable, not an unachievable set of New Year’s resolutions that are broken by the third week of January.
To all of you… I wish you well in the new year whatever it brings and I’d encourage you to think about what small changes you’d like to make in the year ahead. I want you all to live your best lives and be the best version of yourself in 2019… not trying to reinvent yourself into someone you were never meant to be.
Written by Claire Partridge – alter ego What Claire Did – a 30 year old blogger from Glasgow in Scotland who loves cooking, eating out and travel.