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Friday, May 16, 2008

Superfood #4 - Avocado - Avocado & Shrimp Salad

This was suppose to be posted in April for Cancer Awareness month. I am not sure what happened but I guess I forgot to post it.....

Last night I was in the mood for a light healthy meal. I had defrosted shrimp to cook on the grill, but decided I wasn't in the mood to grill. In fact this week, although great, has been exhausting and as little prep as possible for dinner was what I desired. Regardless, of the time to prep, after training hard all week, I needed a dinner packed full of energy and nutrients - hmmmm avocados have energy and great nutrition. Salads can be a good way to get the foods you need as you can throw anything in them from vegetables, fruit, cheese, nuts, beans, chicken, eggs, tuna etc....

Superfood #4 Avocados which is a fruit are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. Scientists also believe that avocados may also be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer), as well as other sources of liver damage (source: The Cancer Cure Foundation). Avocados also boost other essential nutrients like protein, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin E, C and Bs., folic acid, iron, magnesium and provides an excellent source of monounsaturated fats.

The other foods in this meal are not too shabby either, but I will spare you from listing all the good things about each ingredient and rather let you know that it is just plain healthy, fresh and tasty.

1 T olive oil
6 shrimp, lightly coated with cayenne
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup romaine lettuce
1/4 avocado, sliced
2 olives, sliced
4 slices of cucumber
1 green onion sliced
goat cheese, crumbled (optional)
1/8 cup walnuts

Season the shrimp with cayenne and leave it marinate for 10 mins. Then in a small skillet over med-high heat heat the oil. Add the shrimp and cook until pink.

In a bowl add the salad ingredients, spinach, lettuce, avocado, olives, green onion, cucumber. Sprinkle with goat cheese and walnuts. Now place the warm shrimp on top of the salad. Add the dressing you desire. Dig in!
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Forts said...

Great picture T. That salad was really good tons of flavour.

Bellini Valli said...

Loving this healthy meal Parker. Perfect for the lazy, hazy days of summer coming up!!

Kevin said...

That salad looks healthy and tasty!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This salad looks so refreshing and healthy! Beautifully presented as well!

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