Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Shrimp

Shrimp, like other shellfish, is high in cholesterol.  However, recent research has shown that the cholesterol found in food has little effect on blood cholesterol levels, so it’s okay to eat high-cholesterol foods in moderation.  Cholesterol levels aside, shrimp is full of beneficial nutrients and a lean source of protein.  It is a good source of iron, phosphorus, and several B vitamins, and an excellent source of the antioxidant mineral selenium.  Shrimp is a great low-calorie addition to appetizers or main dishes (as long as it’s not deep-fried!).  For a different spin on the classic shrimp cocktail, try the recipe below.

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
½ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 ½ cups low-sodium tomato juice
¼ cup low-sodium ketchup
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 ripe avocado – peeled, pitted, and chopped


  1. Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Stir in garlic, red onion, and cilantro.
  2. Mix in tomato juice, ketchup, lime juice, and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Gently stir in avocado.
  4. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Serve in one large bowl or ladle into individual bowls. Serves 6.


Recipe adapted from AllRecipes 


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