Low in calorie and fats and containing a level of protein that’s almost similar to chicken, prawns are one of the healthiest foods in the world. The problem is that most of us don’t know that.
I guess it’s because prawns aren’t as widely available as chicken. Or that perhaps it is because prawns are more expensive. But it’s still not too late to start eating prawns. Especially when you realize that there are many ways to cook prawns.
You can grill it, pan-fry it, or poach it. I like to boil and steam them.
What’s even more encouraging is that these cooking methods should take no more than 5 minutes. You don’t want to overcook prawn as it can be rubbery and a pain to chew.
with Honey Mayonnaise Dressing
Nutrition value of prawns
I do know that a lot of people stay away from prawns because they think that it is high in cholesterol.
But while prawns can increase LDL or the so-called bad cholesterol, it can also raise the levels of HDL or the good cholesterol. It can also lower triglycerides, according to shrimp and heart health study conducted by experts from the Rockefeller University in 1996. So to think that eating prawns can increase your risks of heart disease isn’t really true. In fact, doctors say that it can form part of a heart-friendly diet.
Aside from boosting HDL levels, prawns can also nourish our bodies with proteins. Did you know that 100 grams of prawns has around 25 grams of protein? This is almost the same as a similar amount of chicken.
Prawns are also low in calories. There are just 115 calories in 100 grams of prawns. In comparison, chicken has around 230 calories, while beef has three times as much.
Like most seafood, prawns are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are poly unsaturated fatty acids that lower blood pressure as well as risks of heart attack.
Moreover, you’ll get a lot of vitamins from eating prawns. These include vitamins B6, B-12, and niacin, all of which can enable you to become more energetic. These vitamins are also known to promote muscle growth while replenishing red blood cells.
Prawns are also rich in iron, a mineral that promotes the transport of oxygen to the various cells in the body. Without enough iron in the body, you can easily get winded. Iron is also a mineral that more than 10 percent of women in the US are deficient of, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Finally, prawns are rich in selenium, zinc, phosphorus, copper, and magnesium.
Mexican prawn salad with honey mayonnaise dressing
We’ve learned that prawns are one of the most nutritious foods you can consume. But what if we pair it with vegetables to make a salad? You’ll get a healthy and tasty snack or dessert that you can serve anytime of the week.
I don’t have any idea about the history of Mexican prawn salad, but I do know that the Mexicans are really fond of prawns. I can name some of the starter dishes with prawns that our Mexican friends have concocted such as prawn bisque and shrimp cocktails. This recipe, though, is so easy that you can finish it in 20 minutes or less. It makes two servings.
Step by step guide
- Start by mixing the prawns, lime juice, coriander leaves, paprika, garlic, and half of the olive oil in a bowl. Set the mixture aside for around 10 minutes to marinate.
- Preheat a chargrill over medium high heat. Simmer for about a minute, then stir in the chili for a minute or until the butter has become light golden in color. Remove from the heat.
- Combine the prawns with the tomato, corn, kidney beans, remaining chopped coriander and shallots in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Put this on a plate then add the honey mayonnaise.
- Serve and enjoy.