Power Up With Power Foods: Shrimp
Stash a bag in your freezer for easy microwave snacks and meals.
Q: How many PointsPlus® values are in 2 ounces of cooked shrimp?
Q: What about the high cholesterol content of shrimp?
A: Though some people avoid shrimp due to their cholesterol content, dietary cholesterol is not the main issue with regard to heart disease. It’s saturated fat and trans fat that raise your blood cholesterol levels – and shrimp contain very little fat and no trans fat.
Q: How can I easily cook shrimp on the grill?
A: When grilling shrimp, thread them onto two parallel skewers to make them easier to flip. Shrimp cook quickly — they become opaque in just a few minutes.
Q: Do you suggest using fresh shrimp when possible?
A: Most “fresh” shrimp that you see at the store has been previously frozen. It is cheaper to buy the shrimp frozen and defrost them yourself. Keep a bag of frozen peeled, deveined shrimp in your freezer for quick stir-fries.
Mexican Shrimp SaladPointsPlus values per serving: 2
Toss 2 ounces peeled, deveined cooked shrimp with 1/3 cup pineapple or mango salsa and 2 tablespoons diced avocado. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve on a romaine lettuce leaf.
Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail SaucePointsPlus values per serving: 3
In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons ketchup, 3/4 teaspoons prepared horseradish and fresh lemon juice to taste; serve with 4 ounces peeled, deveined cooked shrimp.
Easy Shrimp “Stir-Fry”PointsPlus values per serving: 2
Toss 2 ounces peeled, deveined cooked shrimp with 1 cup packaged cole slaw mix and 1/2 cup sugar snap peas; stir in 1 tablespoon Asian stir-fry sauce. Microwave, covered, until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds.
Wasabi-Stuffed ShrimpPointsPlus values per serving: 3
In a small cup, stir together 3/4 teaspoons each wasabi powder and water until a paste forms; stir in 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) softened reduced-fat cream cheese. Split 4 (about 2 ounces)extra-large cooked shrimp down their backs (don’t go all the way through). Spoon wasabi-cream cheese into shrimp; garnish with 1/2 teaspoon each toasted black and regular sesame seeds.