Shrimp is actually a generic term for certain decapod (10-legged) crustaceans, whose general characteristics are that they are small crustaceans with elongated body shapes and who employ the movement strategy of swimming (super generic, right?). We all want to increase our seafood consumption (I’m super passionate about this nutritional choice, as I detail in the post The Importance of Fish in Our Diets), and shrimp are an awesome choice. Shrimp are considered a very safe seafood, because they are high in omega-3s (yay!) and low in mercury (I talk more about mercury in my post, The Mercury Content of Seafood: Should we worry?). Plus, shrimp are an amazing source of protein as well as the essential minerals calcium and iodine. Talk about a great choice!
Typically, shrimp are sold frozen and whole. I like to remove the tails for convenience reasons, especially thinking about the children, so many of my recipes include that tip! Some of my favorite recipes that include shrimp are my Shrimp, Avocado, Mango and Fennel Salad; Shrimp Pad Thai; and Simple Shrimp Feast! Conveniently, frozen shrimp are available on Amazon.