Or, we should say, reconsider: Because lobster’s more than just a tasty feast—it’s a megasource of muscle-building protein. You’ll find 28g of lean protein in 1 cup of cooked lobster meat. Lobster’s also a decent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and provides a dose of vitamin B12, copper, zinc, and selenium.

Nabbing the perfect ruby-red crustacean is easier said than done, though. Use these tips from Barton Seaver, director of Harvard’s Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative. With these in tow, you’ll pick the perfect lobster every time.

How to pick a lobster

  1. The more the lobster moves, the fresher it is.
  2. Look for a reputable seller with plenty of turnover.
  3. No good options locally? Try, a hub with dozens of ready-to-ship retailers.

by Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie