USDA Dietary Guidelines Recommend Seafood

Dietary Guidelines show that seafood leads to a healthy diet

Now that you’re almost done with the holiday season, or “Season of Indulgence,” it’s a good time to consider resolutions to start off a healthier new year. Incorporating seafood into your diet is a great way to slim down and add important nutrients and healthy fats into your diet.

The USDA’s Dietary guidelines recommend that Americans eat at least eight ounces of seafood per week; however, currently, only one in 10 Americans eat seafood at least twice a week. 

Dietary GuidelinesSurveys show that many consumers aren’t sure how to cook fish, and younger generations tend to be introduced to seafood while dining at restaurants rather than at home. The USDA and other nutrition groups offer guidelines on how to incorporate more seafood into your diet.

Choose My Plate

The USDA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop the Choose My Plate, an extensive public health education campaign. This 2,000 calorie-per-day diet aims at 250 mg. per day of omega-3 fatty acids. These recommendations suggest a greater focus on fin fish such as catfish, flounder, halibut and tuna and shellfish such as crawfish, oysters, shrimp and mussels. Both fin fish and shellfish are listed among the low-fat choices among protein groups.

Recipes for Dietary Guidelines

There are many easy recipes for seafood dishes that can be cooked at home. One such simple option to make a healthy meal is to place your fish in tented tin foil and add fresh or dried herbs such as parsley and dill, lemon, white wine or butter and a dash of Cajun seasoning and bake until the fish is firm and white around the edges. 

Other minor changes that can add a bit more seafood to your diet include adding lump crabmeat or boiled or grilled shrimp to a tossed salad for a healthier protein. Including artichoke hearts, tomatoes and cucumber and you’ve pretty much replicated Deanie’s Bayou Seafood Salad. For the authentic Deanie’s experience, try our homemade sweet fig vinaigrette dressing, an easy recipe that is sure to please!

Browse through these great simple seafood recipes for more ideas, Taste of Home’s 50 of Our Top Seafood Recipes.

We are lucky to live in a region where fresh fish is readily available in grocery stores and seafood markets. At Deanie’s Seafood Market in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, we regularly have fresh redfish, black drum, catfish, tuna and more available to our customers (depending on what’s in season). Come visit our Seafood Market and pick up some fresh seafood to prepare at home today or  {{cta(‘7fb5c454-8937-48c5-81f5-22c3f94f3d99’)}} for an assortment of other seafood such as Louisiana shrimp, blue crab and oysters shipped anywhere in the continental United States.



Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Market have been known for serving hearty portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood in New Orleans prepared in our signature Creole seasonings for more than 50 years. Deanie’s Seafood was the first restaurant and seafood market in the Greater New Orleans region to have earned Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2014.

Family-owned and -operated, Deanie’s Seafood operates three successful restaurants, including its original restaurant and seafood market in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Deanie’s in the French Quarter, 841 Iberville St., and its newest location, Deanie’s Sea Food Kitchen, 2200 Magazine Street in the Garden District. Deanie’s offers off-site catering serving the authentic flavor of New Orleans and ships fresh Louisiana seafood including Louisiana oysters, shrimp, crawfish and blue crab, and delicious prepared items such as seafood gumbo, crawfish étouffée and stuffed crab and crawfish through its online retail site . Our restaurants and seafood market are open seven days per week.



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