Getting bored with your usual roster of healthy proteins? It may be a good time to add more shrimp to your diet!

For one thing, shrimp is nutrient-packed. 4 ounces contains 100% of your daily value of selenium, a mineral that improves immunity and thyroid function and fights free-radicals, and has even been tentatively associated with lower cancer risk.

Another important antioxidant found in shrimp is called astaxanthin, which is what gives them their distinctive pinkish color and can be helpful for heart health, joint pain, and male fertility.

Shrimp also contains significant amounts of vitamin B12, copper, choline, and iodine.

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The food is also low in calories, with only approximately 7 in one medium shrimp, and a three ounce serving contains 20 grams of protein. Plus, shrimp is high in heart-healthy good cholesterol but low in saturated fat, making it a great choice for your circulatory system.

Unless you have an allergy, there are few reasons to stay away from shrimp; though you should make sure you're buying from a reputable source to avoid fraud or contaminants!

Finally, shrimp is versatile; it goes great with a variety of sauces and ingredients. The following recipes are just a few of the ways you can incorporate shrimp into your healthy diet.

Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 100 grams raw shrimp (approximately 10-12 medium shrimp steamed)
  • Cocktail sauce 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon of horseradish or to taste
  • Dash of mustard powder
  • Stevia to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water as needed for desired consistency

Directions

Mix tomato paste, vinegar, horseradish, lemon juice and spices together and allow spices to marinate and dipping sauce to chill. Add additional water as needed to create desired consistency. Steam the shrimp until pink and well cooked. Chill shrimp for 30 minutes in the refrigerator and serve with cocktail dipping sauce. Makes 1 serving (1 protein, 1 vegetable).

Hot and Sour Thai Shrimp Soup

Ingredients

  • 100 grams shrimp
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or substitute 1 cup water for 1 cup broth)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon with rind
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 2-3 slices of fresh ginger
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon green onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Bring the broth to a boil. Add the ginger, lemongrass, lemon juice, onion, and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the shrimp and cilantro and cook another 8 minutes. Serve hot. Remove lemongrass before serving. Makes 1 serving (1 protein).

Phase 3 modifications

Add straw mushrooms and fish paste. Add a little hot chili paste or chili oil.

Curried Shrimp with Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 100 grams shrimp
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic crushed and minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon curry or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of all spice
  • Stevia to taste

Directions

Sauté the shrimp with the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes or until cooked. Add vegetable broth, curry and stevia. Add garlic and onion powder to thicken the mixture. Cook for 5-10 minutes on medium heat. Add water or reduce liquid until desired consistency is reached. Makes 1 serving (1 protein, 1 vegetable).

Creole Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 clove garlic crushed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dash of sassafras powder or root beer flavored stevia
  • Dash of liquid smoke flavoring (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Mix liquid ingredients, onion, garlic, and spices. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes in a small frying pan. Add shrimp and cook thoroughly for an additional 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Deglaze the pan periodically with additional water or broth. Serve hot or cold over a salad or with fresh asparagus. Makes 1 serving (1 protein).

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