Shrimp– Everyones Favorite Fish

Shrimp is the fish that even people who don’t like fish are happy to  see on a plate.  I confess that shrimp is one of my favorite foods.  Like  that scene in Forrest Gump, I like  broiled shrimp, shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, shrimp salad, stuffed shrimp….  I also felt that a dinner of shrimp  was a great low calorie meal.  It was  low in  salt, calories and fat  and high in protein and omega3.   It all true. 

A four ounce serving of shrimp  has just 99 calories and 21 grams of protein.  It also  offers  just about  a full days requirement of omega 3 and 1/2RDA of vitamin B12.  But shrimp is not the perfect food.  Turns out that, ounce for ounce,  shrimp  has as much cholesterol as beef, which means its not the heart healthiest  seafood option.  High cholesterol can build up  in blood vessels and slow down circulation.  Keep in mind that anything that interferes with blood flow will  slow down  production of collagen and elastin– and increase  skin wrinkling.

Conventional wisdom recommends eating shrimp  no more than once a week and I’m going to follow those guidelines.  I’m also going to make sure that my weekly shrimp serving includes other sources of nutrition and stay away from shrimp dishes that add a lot of  fat, sugar and salt–  ( That mean you sweet and sour fried shrimp). 

This is now a favorite way I eat shrimp. I adapted it from a  much more fattening recipes I saw on Emeril.

Ingredients:

*1 pound raw shrimp, peeled

* 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning mix

* 1 1/2 tabespoons of olive oil

* 2 cloves of garlic, slivered

* 1 1/2 pounds of  fresh spinach, washed

1.  Mix shrimp, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cajun seasoning mix.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours.

2. In a 10 inch non-stick pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil and garlic.  When the slivers start to sizzle, dump in the spinach and  toss the leaves in the oil until wilted.  Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

3.  Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and heat  again.  Toss  in the seasoned shrimp and cook about 2-3 minutes on each side. ( Cooking time depends on the size of the shrimp)

4. To serve, make a nice little mound of spinach on a plate.  Top with a serving of shrimp and add a wedge of warmed whole wheat  pita.  For desert put out a small bowl of raspberries topped with a dollop of non-fat greek yogurt.

This meal  is a powerhouse of anti-aging nutrients.  The shrimp  provide omega-3 fatty acids, the spinach and garlic deliver  impressive amounts of vitamins A and C as well as other antioxidants and there is a whopping 15 grams of fiber  from the raspberries. I love eating like this.  I’m looking forward to hear about your favorite healthy, easy meals  that deliver great taste and nutrition? Anyone know how to make grilled chicken breasts that don’t take like  old cardboard?

4 thoughts on “Shrimp– Everyones Favorite Fish

    • Yes I was smiling. THat’s what Botox does. It does not let the muscles around the eyes wrinkle up when you smile. I’ll be posting more pictures, so that you can see more of the differences. I really didn’t think I’d like the results this much.

  1. Ummm… I’m wondering why you class shrimp as fish, when in fact it is a crustacean. 
     
    Wikipedia states :Shellfish are not related to fish in any way other than simply being animals that live in water.”
     
    Maybe you should re-title this post ‘Shrimp– Everyones Favorite Seafood’ 😉

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