Oysters are one of the best sources of zinc

Citrus Oysters

Part of what we do here at YLB is to educate you on food choices that can be beneficial to your body. In our very first blog post we discussed all the benefits that zinc can provide to your body. If you missed it, read it here.

This featured recipe is from Chris Soffner, a chef up at the restaurant called Natural Selection up in Portland, Oregon. We’d like to thank him for providing us with his original recipes. If you’re in that area, check the place out.

What you’ll need:
6 fresh oysters shucked and ready to go**
4 Tbs lime juice (fresh)
4 Tbs orange juice (fresh)
1 garlic clove crushed and chopped
1 tsp chopped jalapeno or Serrano pepper
sea salt
1 tbs chopped cilantro
2 tbs chopped shallot
4tbs olive oil
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1 oz toasted crushed pumpkin seeds

**for instructions on shucking oysters, please visit this.

Prep:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together or place in a jar with a lid and shake ingredients together
Spoon over shucked oysters.
Voila. There you have it. Simple and delicious.

If you’re not a fan of oysters you might want to rethink your strategy as it’s a very nutrient dense food. In addition to reaping the zinc rewards oysters have to offer you can also look forward to these other benefits – the average oyster has only about 41 calories for all the goodness it offers. They also offer about 5 grams of protein, as well as a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids (370mg). Also included in that is a high dose of folic acid (133% RDA), copper (39% RDA), and selenium (55% RDA). Lastly, one shucked oyster also yields 14% RDA in iron and 16% RDA in manganese [1]. Oysters can be brought in from different areas of the ocean and depending on where they were harvested from, some may provide more nutrients than others based on their growth rate.

Sources:
1. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4193/2

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