Guest Blog Post by Iris Higgins, gluten-free cook book author and blogger of www.thedailydietribe.com, hypnotherapist with master's degree in psychology plus a Women's Wellness Wizard. Be sure to check out her very insightful and informative blog for great recipes and more.
It’s important to take your daily vitamins, but it’s not an excuse to skimp on the salads! For optimal health, there is nothing better than a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. This Antioxidant Rich Shrimp Salad contains a number of my favorite nutrient powerhouse ingredients. Here’s what you’ll get in just this one dish:
Shrimp: Shrimp are a low-calorie, high-protein alternative to many other protein sources. They contain high amounts of selenium and vitamin B12, and are also a good source of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Salad Greens: You can add any sort of salad greens you like to this dish. Lettuce, spinach, even raw kale or chard leaves! No matter what greens you choose, you’ll be doing your body a favor. Leafy greens are full of antioxidants, folate, vitamin K, and more!
Parsley: Parsley is a rich source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin A. Its antioxidants are known for their ability to prevent cell damage, and it has many anti-inflammatory benefits.
Cilantro: Cilantro is a great herb to add to any dish. It helps to remove mercury from the body, so I like to add it to any meal that contains seafood. Research shows it may also aid in lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar.
Basil: Basil is an anti-inflammatory that works by blocking the same enzyme as aspirin or ibuprofen. For autoimmune conditions, like Celiac Disease, it can be a wonderful addition to many dishes, providing a boost of flavor and pain relief at the same time.
Grapefruit: Grapefruits are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. The red and pink varieties contain lycopene, a tumor fighting antioxidant. It’s also lower in sugar than many other fruits, making it a delicious way to add sweetness without spiking blood sugar.
Avocado: Avocados stand out for their heart healthy benefits. They are rich in a number of nutrients, including folate, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium. They are also rich in folate and omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows they are beneficial in blood sugar regulation.
Antioxidant Rich Gluten Free Shrimp Salad
Make this dish for your next summer dinner party, and you’ll have happy guests. Not only will they love the meal, but they’ll also feel light and energized after. A far cry from the typical cream and carb laden shrimp dishes, this one is as good for you as it is tasty.
2 tablespoons olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
Dash sea salt
½ pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 cups salad greens (lettuce, spinach, chopped kale or chard leaves)
1 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
1 avocado, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Mix together the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, parsley, cilantro, basil, garlic cloves and salt. Toss the raw shrimp in this marinade and set aside. Heat a sauté pan on medium-low heat on the stove.
2. While the pan is heating, toss together the salad greens, grapefruit, and avocado in a large salad bowl or 4 individual dishes.
3. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the sauté pan, then add the shrimp, making sure to spoon in all the olive oil and herbs. Cook on one side for 3 minutes, until the shrimp begin to turn pink. Turn over and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes. Pour the shrimp and all the oil over the salad.
4. Drizzle with fresh lime juice and add freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Serve hot or cold.
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