“Go Pescatarian” this October for First Annual Pescatarian Month

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Dish on Fish invites Americans to discover the benefits of the seafood-plus-vegetarian diet

To inaugurate the holiday, Dish on Fish is inviting seafood lovers everywhere to “Go Pescatarian.”

The first annual National Pescatarian Month kicks off this October, and you’re invited! Get a jumpstart on a healthy new lifestyle and take part in the first-ever National Pescatarian Month this October!

National Pescatarian Month is a worldwide celebration of the pescatarian diet, which features a combination of seafood and vegetarian options. Those vegetarian choices might include grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy items. The variety of seafood options, of course, is as vast as the ocean itself.

But who gets to just name a month, anyway? Not just anybody—the folks at National Today, arbiters of special days and months on the calendar and the experts in tracking food culture, designated October as National Pescatarian Month starting this year.

To inaugurate the holiday, Dish on Fish is inviting seafood lovers everywhere to “Go Pescatarian.” Throughout the month, the blog is providing its visitors ample opportunities to get acquainted with the lifestyle, showcasing nutritious, pescatarian-focused meal plans and sharing tips for simple seafood prep and cooking that even kitchen novices can tackle.

In addition, Dish on Fish has created a new, pescatarian-friendly e-cookbook, “Everyday Seafood Recipes: 53 Quick & Easy Dishes,” featuring primarily pescatarian, original recipes for the home cook.

“Our new e-cookbook shows just how easy it is to include seafood in your family’s meal plans,” explains Judy Dashiell, the senior vice president of the National Fisheries Institute. “Many of the book’s recipes utilize everyday pantry staples and we illustrate a lot of different techniques for preparing seafood—we even have pescatarian recipes for the slow cooker and air fryer!”

Nearly all of the book’s recipes—for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks—have been created or approved by nationally recognized registered dietician Rima Kleiner, MS, RDN.

Experts say going pescatarian can augment one’s intake of vital nutrients—including healthy proteins and omega-3 fatty acids—and help improve brain and heart health, protect against diabetes, and reduce the risk of inflammation. And the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the consumption of seafood at least two or three times a week.

To learn more about National Pescatarian Month, visit dishonfish.com or head to the blog’s Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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About National Pescatarian Month

National Pescatarian Month is recognized each October in celebration of pescatarians and the pescatarian diet. This officially designated holiday embraces the health and lifestyle advantages of choosing a pescatarian diet, which consists of seafood + vegetarian options. The holiday encourages consumers to “Go Pescatarian” in October, with a goal of eating a least two to three seafood meals a week, whether enjoyed at a restaurant or prepared at home. National Pescatarian Month is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about seafood safety, sustainability and nutrition. To learn more about National Pescatarian Month, visit the NFI’s blog Dish on Fish.

About The National Fisheries Institute

The National Fisheries Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education about seafood safety, sustainability and nutrition. From seagoing vessels to favorite seafood restaurants, The NFI’s diverse member companies bring delicious fish and shellfish to American families. The NFI promotes the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines, which suggests Americans include fish and shellfish in their diets at least twice per week, for longer, healthier lives.

The NFI and its members are committed to sustainable management of our oceans and to being stewards of our environment, through the institute’s embrace of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Fisheries. The NFI believes the investment it makes in the world's oceans today will provide our children and future generations the health benefits of a plentiful supply of fish and other seafood tomorrow.

From responsible aquaculture and a marketplace supporting free trade to ensuring consumers and the media have the facts about the health benefits of fish and shellfish, The NFI and its members support and promote sound public policy based on ground-truth science.

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