This post brought to you by Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.
The trends around the dinner table have definitely changed. People are becoming more and more conscious about what they are putting into their body, but are looking for facts, not another fad diet. Many people have started adding fresh and delicious seafood to their lower calorie, higher benefit meal plans. When it comes to seafood, the more fresh it is, the better tasting, and the better for you!
Freshly caught Florida shrimp are some of the best in the world. Florida offers up some wholesome and nutritious seafood quite often, as we are surrounded by water on three sides. It makes finding quality seafood as easy as casting a net, visiting a local, fresh fish market, or driving to your favorite local store. Fresher really is better, and it doesn't get any fresher than seafood that is Fresh from Florida.
One of my most favorite, low calorie, but filling freshly caught treats would have to be shrimp. Relatively low in mercury content, these high protein shellfish offer 39 grams of protein in just a 6-ounce portion. With that in mind, you are well on your way towards the daily recommendation of 46 grams of protein a day for women, and 56 grams for men. If you are trying to gain muscle while losing weight, a thin line, shrimp is a great addition as they are high protein, but low calorie.
Shrimp also pack a lot of vitamin punch into that small package. Shrimp contain zinc and selenium, zinc helping with energy production, and immunity, whole selenium rounds it out with helping your muscles metabolize, as well as cancer fighting enzymes. All this time I thought that they were just delicious!
The vitamin A that is also found all through your shrimp control red blood cell development; It also helps your blood cells access the iron they need to transport oxygen throughout your body. They also contain Vitamin B-12, a necessary vitamin that aids in red blood cell function. I'm not trying to bore you with benefits, I am trying to wow you with the idea that not only are shrimp delicious, but they are far beyond being nutritious for you as well.
Lastly, you will find that shrimp contain astaxanthin, which is a carotenoid that gives them that pink color they have. Astaxanthin acts as a powerful antioxidant and helps to protect your skin from early aging. Also the omega-3 fatty acids in shrimp provide antioxidant protection. I feel like I could go on forever, but I will leave you with that.
Shrimp are what I would consider one of the most underrated health foods. They are easy to add into many dishes from breakfast omelets, to salads and ceviches, to small appetizers, pastas and more.
With all this talk about shrimp, their deliciousness and their health benefits, I am getting pretty hungry. I don't know about you, but for some reason I feel like having shrimp for lunch. Enjoy this recipe on me!
One of my favorite foods would have to be the quesadilla. A fan of fish tacos through and through, this is another variation that is pleasing to the palate, nutritious, and just the type of tastes I'm looking for. Delight in the wonderful tastes of the infamous shrimp quesadilla with me tonight!
Spicy Shrimp Quesadillas
1 1/2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 flour tortillas
butter cooking spray
sour cream, garnish
Chop shrimp and mix with cheese, onions, paprika, cumin and pepper; set aside. Spray one side of each flour tortilla with the spray margarine.
Place even amounts of shrimp mixture onto one half of the non-greased side of each tortilla. Fold the empty side of the tortilla over, and gently press down.
Place the quesadilla in a hot skillet and cook one minute on each side (or until golden brown, and cheese melts). Slice into wedges, and place on serving plate. Garnish with sour cream and salsa.