Need more lean protein in your diet? Consider shrimp.

The most popular seafood in the US, boiled or steamed shrimp contains 6 grams protein, 0 carbs, 0.3 grams fat and 34 calories per ounce. It is also a good source of vitamin B12, the antioxidant mineral selenium and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 

Shrimp is high in cholesterol (55mg per ounce). However, studies by Rockefeller University and Harvard School of Public Health published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that shrimp does not negatively impact cholesterol levels in healthy individuals. 

To keep it healthy, keep serving sizes moderate and consider the method of preparation. Steaming, boiling and grilling – fantastic. Deep fry those babies and you’ll add a ~3x increase in calories and more than a 10x increase in fat content.

A few of my favorite shrimp dishes:

Shrimp Stir-Fry. (Pictured above).   A little sesame and canola oil, garlic and ginger, with tons of veges – delicious!

Grilled Shrimp. Simply seasoned, quick grilled on the George Foreman or a hot grill pan, then added to a pita or atop a salad.  

Shrimp Packets. I dig making seafood packets.  Easy, virtually no clean up and the steam gently cooks the shrimp to perfection. This shrimp and orzo packet is AMAZING. Recipe here.

Shrimp Cocktail.  My favorite way to enjoy the delicate uninterrupted flavor of shrimp. 

photo: jrssteak.com

Shrimp lovers – what is your favorite preparation?  

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