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Hungry Girl Today: 11.11.10



Seafood is fun and can be a lean source of protein. Here's the 411 on three of our favorites -- shrimp, crab, and lobster!!!


Shrimp

PER SERVING (4 oz., cooked): 112 calories, 1.25g fat, 254mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 23.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

The Pros:
Shrimp is packed with protein and it's DELICIOUS. It is also a good source of vitamin B12 and has less sodium than crab and lobster. And shrimp is loaded with vitamin D, making it a good option in the winter when we don't get a lot of sunshine (a big source of said vitamin). You can get it precooked or raw, with shells or without, small or jumbo, etc. And prices on frozen shrimp are usually pretty reasonable. Plus, frozen shrimp can be quickly thawed, making it ideal for a last-minute meal. And it's good in just about everything (except dessert).

The Cons:
Cholesterol-conscious types might want to steer clear of shrimp. Despite being low in fat, it is high in cholesterol. There is, however, evidence suggesting that shrimp could be effective in raising "good" cholesterol. Click here for more on that...



Crab

PER SERVING (average, 4 oz., cooked): 117 calories, 1.75g fat, 650mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 23g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

The Pros:
Crab is full of protein, low in fat, and a good source of minerals (like copper, for energy!). And like our other shellfish-y friends, it's got those omega-3s and vitamins. It's also SUPER-VERSATILE. The canned kind is great to keep on hand in the pantry -- we're big fans of Chicken of the Sea Lump Crab. Convenient and tasty. Woohoo!

The Cons:
Actual crab legs can be expensive and are really high in sodium; plus, it takes a whole lot of work to get to just a little bit of meat! And finding decent packaged crabmeat can be tricky -- some kinds smell funky and others just don't taste good. Heads up: If you like imitation crab better (some people do; don't judge!), click here for some info on that stuff.



Lobster

PER SERVING (4 oz., cooked): 111 calories, 0.75g fat, 429mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 23g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

The Pros:
It's REALLY delicious. It also happens to be nice and low in calories and fat. Lobster contains zinc, potassium, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12. Wowsers. And at restaurants, it's often available broiled or steamed, prepared without any oil. YES!!!!

The Cons:
It's expensive. That's the reason none of our recipes below include lobster. Plus, it's a bit high in sodium. And while it's often served plain, it's also notoriously paired with fattening ingredients like melted butter, creamy sauces, and mounds of pasta.



Under-the-Sea Recipe Roundup!

Te Quiero Tequila Shrimp - We don't just throw around the L word willy-nilly... We really LOVE this shrimp dish!

Sweet Coconut Crunch Shrimp - You never need to chow down on deep-fried coconutty crustaceans again...

Super-Delicious Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccine - Buttery shrimp over pasta gone GUILT-FREE? It's the truth!

Shrimp & Grits... for Hungry Chicks! - Paula Deen's version is good, but ours is good AND low in calories... Sorry, PD!

Mexilicious Shrimp & Corn Fandango Salad - Looking for a shrimp-packed salad so good, you'll wanna dance? Here ya go.

Crabby Patties - These crab cakes are not just low in fat and calories; they're also some of the BEST crab cakes around!

Crazy-Creamy Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms - As far as hors d'oeuvres go, anything creamy and stuffed rules... but only if it's HG-style!

The Crab Rangoonies - These babies are AMAZING. Make them. Make them now. (It's cool. We'll wait.)

Yumbo Gumbo - This big pot of southern-style goodness will make all your seafood dreams come true...



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