Wild American Shrimp Pack Nutritional Punch

Cooking healthy does not mean giving up on great taste. That's one reason healthful food options, such as certified Wild American™ Shrimp, have become so popular.

Harvested in their own natural environment from U.S. waters, certified Wild American Shrimp are low in fat and a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

"Wild-caught shrimp are fresh, succulent and tender-the way nature intended, unlike 85 percent of shrimp, which is imported and pond-raised," says Nathalie Dupree, chef and author of "Shrimp & Grits."

A typical 4-ounce portion has just 112 calories when served steamed, boiled, grilled or baked and provides 23 grams of protein-47 percent of the daily value for protein. Studies have found that shrimp is an excellent source of vitamin D, as well as niacin and iron.

"Consumers have a choice when it comes to their seafood. Choosing local ingredients like Wild American Shrimp not only ensures you're getting the best-tasting seafood available, it also supports an entire industry and way of life," says Dupree.

You can taste the difference with this recipe from Dupree's latest cookbook:

Simple Supper Wild American Shrimp & Grits

Makes 2 servings

2 cups cooked grits

4 tablespoons butter and/or olive oil

1 pound Wild American Shrimp, peeled

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 to 2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon julienned fresh basil or parsley

Reheat grits in the microwave or over low heat, with additional liquid if necessary.

Melt butter and/or olive oil in a saucepan, preferably non-stick. Add shrimp and sauté until just before they turn pink. Add tomato and stir until liquid exudes slightly, just a minute or so. Add garlic and cook briefly.

Divide grits between 2 plates, pour shrimp and tomato mixture on top, garnish with basil or parsley and serve.

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For more information about Wild American Shrimp, including locations where it can be purchased and additional recipes, visit www.wildamericanshrimp.com.Certified Wild American Shrimp are a flavorful, healthful food option that supports shrimpers around the U.S.