Prawns glorious prawns
On Christmas Day my youngest daughter discovered prawns. At first I was pleased. It is good that she tries new things. It is good that she wants to eat like us. It is good that she is drawn to healthy choices. She ate most of them. That was less good!
To be honest I shouldn’t be selfish with the shellfish. Prawns are after all a superfood. Here are some stats provided from Queensland Prawns Website explaining why.
They contain more protein than beef, chicken, lamb or pork; have zero carbs and contain less fat than any land based animal protein sources.
They are naturally high in Omega 3 and 6 which we all no is good for the brain.
Prawns are an excellent source of vitamins including iodine which is essential for thyroid gland function, iron for red cell formation and zinc for wound healing.
They are especially rich in niacin, essential for a healthy skin and for the release of energy in the body and vitamin B complex needed for metabolic processes. They supply phosphorus (a mineral needed for strong bones and teeth and for so many of the B-group vitamins to be used effectively); potassium (essential for muscles & nerves and for controlling blood pressure); and small quantities of many other minerals including magnesium. They are also a natural source of sodium.
Eating prawns is genuinely good for you as well as being delicious. They are even more delicious with my favourite Asian inspired dipping sauce. It is so easy to make.
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 cm size piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 4 spring onions, finely sliced
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
- Simply mix the ingredients together. Leave the sauce to rest and chill for 30 mins.
- Peel prawns and dip.
As if we need any excuse to eat more prawns!