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Restaurants Offer Healthier Options For A Lenten Tradition

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Good Friday means lots of people looking for a fish dish at lunch or dinner. However, before you head over to the closest fast food restaurant, we have some tips on how to make your meal a little healthier. 

Some like it fried, and some like it on a sandwich. With so many different ways to serve it, it's no surprise many restaurants offer fish specials during Lent.

"Fridays have been really busy," says Susan Leingang the co-owner of Mandan Diner and Soda Fountain.

In Bismarck, Friday fish fries are a Lenten tradition. 

"Fish fries, I've been doing for the last 20, 25 years down here," says Duane Hruby who organizes the fish fries at Church of the Ascension in Bismarck.

Just because it tastes good though, doesn't mean it's good for you. Dietitians say baked or grilled is always a better option. 

"If you're going to be cooking the fish at home, cooking with either low sodium or no sodium seasonings, or cooking with an olive oil or a canola oil instead of the butter because it's those healthier fats and things like that," says Kendal Bjella a Dietitian with Sanford Health.

If you're going for fast food, try not to get the extra toppings.

"For instance, the McDonald's sandwich, when I took off the cheese and the tartar sauce, that was 100 calories less. And it was a little less with the sodium and a little less of the fat as well," says Bjella.

What about the best tasting fish for Lenten meals? Well, that's up for debate.

"Baked cod, which is a very good grade of cod," says Leingang.

"A nice pollack fish. Since we went to the pollack fish, people really like it better, it's a better flavor, and it isn't as fishy tasting," says Hruby.

With the Lenten season drawing to a close, cooks have awhile to perfect next year's fish recipes.

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