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.
*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?