Count Colors, Not Calories: 2 Recipes for a Colorful Plate

Count Colors, Not Calories: 2 Recipes for a Colorful Plate

The second recipe for a colorful plate is made with shrimp. You may think that it’s not very appetizing, but if you eat one piece of shrimp per day, you will lose weight quickly. If you want to lose weight fast, then eating just one piece of shrimp per day is enough to achieve your goal.

Shrimp are high in proteins, vitamins and minerals. They’re rich in essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6. Their low calorie content makes them good sources of energy for those who need to burn off some extra calories while losing weight.

If you like shrimp, then you’ll love these recipes!


1 pound (450 g) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted (or use olive oil instead)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Place the shrimp in a bowl and add the melted butter (or coconut oil or olive oil) and toss to coat.

3. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until pink, firm, and slightly curled, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp.

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4. Serve immediately.

Enjoy your shrimp with any choice sides. I usually eat mine with a baked sweet potato or a garden salad. You can even put some shrimp on top of a salad for more fiber and protein!

You can also make this recipe with prawns or crab. This will increase the number of calories slightly, but it’s still a healthy and nutritious meal!

One of the reasons why I love shrimp and other sea food is that they are low in fat and rich in essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6. These acids are responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of cell membranes. They are also vital for the processes of blood clotting, normal heart function, and growth and development during pregnancy.

You can eat shrimp and stay healthy! Due to its low fat content, eating shrimp actually helps you lose weight. A 3-ounce (85 grams) serving of shrimp contains just 100 calories.

Shrimp also has a healthier cholesterol composition. A 3-ounce (85 grams) serving of shrimp contains less than 1 gram of its total fat coming from saturated fats. In fact, the saturated fat content in shrimp is less than 0.5 gram per serving!

Shrimp contains more polyunsaturated fats than saturated fats.

The next time you’re out to eat, order shrimp instead of beef or pork. Not only will you save lots of calories, you’ll also enjoy the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are good for your skin and hair! Shrimp is best eaten grilled, boiled, or fried because other methods of cooking such as baking and broiling tend to dry out the shrimp meat.

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