Feel the Love with Shrimp
Valentine’s Day is here, which calls for a delicious and healthy meal to share with a loved one. Wild-caught, sustainably-sourced shrimp provides low-calorie nutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals. Fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, blackened shrimp, shrimp tacos, shrimp salad (insert Forest Gump reference here) – the possibilities to enjoy these sea critters are endless. Check out a few reasons why we love shrimp on Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day, and let's face it, every day.
1. Great Source of Protein
A 3-oz. serving of shrimp provides 11.6 grams of protein, according to sources like Livestrong. Comprised of water, protein and essential amino acids, these tasty crustaceans have what the body needs. They also contain very little fat and carbohydrates, making protein the number one nutrient found in shrimp.
2. Promotes Weight Loss and Anti-Aging
Shrimp contains zinc, which can be beneficial in promoting weight loss by increasing the hormone level of leptin in the body. This hormone regulates the appetite, fat and energy used throughout the day. Zinc additionally helps your body to feel full and therefore prevents overeating. Keep in mind that the more flavor and dressings added to the shrimp will increase calories, but luckily the fresh taste of the sea and a little lemon is delicious. Shrimp can additionally promote anti-aging due to astaxanthin, an antioxidant that reduces signs of aging skin from sunlight and UVA rays. Fountain of Youth eat your heart out.
3. High in Vitamins and Nutrients
Shrimp is packed with vitamins and nutrients such as iron, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, B6, B12, iodine, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Read more about the plethora of amazing health benefits via Organic Health Facts here.
4. May Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
Shrimp is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is beneficial towards lowering cholesterol in the bloodstream, reducing the chance of heart attacks and strokes. Shrimp also contains the nutrient selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant enzyme used to fight cancerous cells.
Hungry for more? Try our wild-caught shrimp of one of our 3 locations!