Shrimp is one of the most popular shellfish choices. It is a great source of protein that is low in fat. It also is an excellent source of vitamin B12, iron, and a good source of niacin (based on a 3 oz serving). Shrimp comes in various sizes. The largest are usually called “prawns” in the U.S. In your Diet Center program, 2 oz of shrimp equals 1 protein exchange.
Shrimp is best prepared steamed, in terms of weight loss, since there is less fat, sodium, and calories than fried shrimp. Also, frying shrimp destroys the heart healthy omega-3 fats it contains. To prepare, simmer shrimp until the moment they change color and become opaque. Avoid overcooking for best taste and texture. Enjoy shrimp with fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C, the partnership helps your body absorb more iron. That makes chilled shrimp added to salad a great combination! Try different ways to enjoy this tasty shellfish.
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