Shrimp And Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean Salad
Shrimp and seafood, in general, are not consumed nearly enough by many of us. And I’d like to ask, why? There are a few things that come to mind about why some might not enjoy seafood. However, I think it’s because people do not fully appreciate the health benefits that they can get from eating shrimp and seafood regularly.
It could also be the fact that you feel like you don’t know where to get seafood and how to properly prepare it.
This shouldn’t stop you, because there are tons of easy to follow recipes like this one. And if you don’t have an allergy to seafood, then eating it will improve your overall nutrition significantly. Shrimp is loaded with healthy nutrients and tastes really good when prepped correctly. I mean you can include them into almost anything, as well as grill, fry, bake or roast them!
They’re also a fitness enthusiasts ‘go-to’ protein source.
A Shellfish Power Protein
Before I get to the tasty, Mediterranean recipe, let’s have a look at why you need to eat it.
Interestingly, there are different kinds out there. However, keep in mind that wild is best. Farm raised shrimp often contains much higher levels of toxins, usually from substances that farmers feed to them. Regardless, shrimp has hundreds of health benefits that you can take advantage of.
Here are a few:
Promotes Muscle Protein Synthesis
It makes sense that in order to produce more muscle, you’ll need to increase your protein intake for synthesis to happen. This is because muscle is made up of protein. Yes, you can get protein from many types of meat and other foods. However, shrimp is superior because it is relatively lean and contains a surprising amount of nutrients. Top it up with zinc and other testosterone-friendly nutrients and you have a powerful muscle building meal.
The most common assumption many people make is that dairy products are the only way to build strong bones. That’s not true, because dairy products often lead to intolerances if consumed in excess and shrimp contains more essential bone building ingredients than you think it does. The shellfish has large amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and vitamin D which all reduce bone loss and promote the growth of new bone tissue.
Maintains Skin Health
Too much exposure to the sun is the main cause for premature aging of the skin. Now, I’m sure you hear about the benefits of eating antioxidants all the time. The reason for this is because anti-oxidants help to buffer the effects of free radical generation in the skin. These free radicals are what accelerate damage, wear and tear to the cells. Shrimp is really special here because it contains generous amounts of astaxanthin. This is a unique carotenoid anti-oxidant which has the ability to reflect UV rays. This literally eliminates the effect that UV rays have on your skin. What could be better than having a natural barrier on your skin?
Promotes Weight Loss
This nutritious piece of protein contains a lot of iodine; which is known to boost your metabolic rate. It’s also filled with zinc which optimizes leptin levels. What’s leptin? Well, this substance basically regulates hunger and helps digest nutrients to muscle cells instead of fat. Lots of people develop leptin resistance and experience an ‘appetite’ diabetes. This is where the hormone is unable to do its function and tell you when to stop eating. Therefore, it’s worth a try!
And there are so many more benefits, from boosting brain power to blood cell counts, preventing cancer and even hair thickening. Basically, I am trying to tell you that you need to cook more with shrimp.
Mediterranea Roasted Vegetable And Shrimp Salad
Try this fresh and easy, delicious, nutrient-dense shellfish power protein recipe.
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tomatoes (large, cut into wedges)
- 1 cup Fennel
- 1 Zucchini (large, halved lengthwise and sliced)
- 1 Small Onion, sliced into thin wedges
- 8 cups Rockette
- 1 bag of uncooked large Shrimp
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
- Preheat oven to 180°.
- Toss half the 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil and Balsamic or Apple Cider Vinegar with tomatoes, fennel, zucchini, onion and garlic in a shallow roasting pan. Roast, stirring once, until vegetables are tender. This should take about 25 minutes. Stir in shrimp and lemon juice. Roast until shrimp are heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Toss arugula with remaining 1/4 cup Dressing in a serving bowl. Top with shrimp and vegetables. Garnish, if desired, with chopped fresh basil.
- 140 calories.
- Sodium: 15%, 360mg.
- Fat: 8%, 5g.
- Protein: 8%, 4g.
- Carbs: 7%, 22g.
- FiberL 12%, 3g.
Serve and eat as a satisfying, tasty and fresh dinner that’ll leave you feeling light and energized.
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