Crabs

Crabs ~ Super Seafoods

Despite studies that show the benefits of putting seafood on the dinner table, more families choose to eat red meat or poultry instead.

This is unfortunate since seafood is rich in nutrients and, for the most part, low in calories.

One form of seafood that's particularly low in fat and calories is this crustacean.

Although this seafood meat is an important staple in some forms of cuisine such as Chinese food, it's not eaten as often in North America.

Health Benefits:

It's very low in calories and fat.

It's also a calorie counter's dream meat.

A four ounce serving of has less than 100 calories, and with under two grams of fat per serving, it's heart healthy.

Despite its low calorie content, this meat can be a filling and satisfying main course.

It's high in protein and has no carbs

Despite its low calorie and fat content, a serving of crab has a whopping twenty grams of protein.

This makes it an excellent high protein alternative for the athlete or body builder who's tired of tuna fish.

It's also carb free which makes it a good choice for diabetics.

This super seafood is a good source of heart healthy omega 3's which help to lower triglycerides and blood pressure along with reducing the risk of heart disease.

Omega 3's are also thought to reduce the inflammation, enhance immune function, and even lower the risk of certain types of cancer.

Most of us don't get enough omega 3's in our diet and adding this seafood to the table is a good way to start.

It's also low in mercury.

One of the big concerns with eating a seafood rich diet is exposure to mercury.

The good news is that crabs are very low in mercury, making it a good seafood choice for the whole family.

In fact, it's considered to be on of the safest forms of seafood in terms of mercury levels.

This seafood is also rich in vitamins and minerals with particularly high levels of vitamin B-12, a vitamin that's critical for healthy nerve function.

It's also a good source of the minerals zinc and copper.

This crustaceans meat is available fresh from most seafood markets, and can be found frozen or in cans from your local supermarket.

Either way, you'll enjoy the wonderful health benefits that this seafood has to offer.

Now, here's a recipe we're sure you'll enjoy!

Crab Benedict

Makes: 4

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients:

4 Sourdough English Muffins, halved and toasted

12 oz. of Lump Crab Meat, heated through

8 Eggs, poached

1 Tbs. White Vinegar

4 c. Spinach

Hollandaise Sauce:

1/4 c. Butter, melted

5 Egg Yolks

2 Tbs. Lemon Juice

Fresh cracked pepper to taste

1/2 c. Parmesan Cheese

Preparation;

Lay toasted English muffins onto plates.

Top evenly with spinach.

Top spinach with heated seafood.

Making Hollandaise:

Whisk egg yolks until they are a lightened butter yellow color, about 1 minute.

Gently pour in melted butter and continue whisking rapidly to create an emulsion.

Whisk in lemon juice and dash of pepper.

In a large sauté pan, filled about 2" deep with water, bring to a rolling simmer.

Add in white vinegar.

Crack eggs into separate small ramekins.

Gently slip 1 egg at a time into water by dipping ramekin into water and tilting until the egg slides out and into the water.

Using a spoon gently coax egg whites around the yolk.

Let simmer for 2 minutes for each egg, or until egg whites are set.

Scoop out of water with slotted spoon and let excess water drain away.

Place one egg onto each half of english muffin topped with spinach and crab.

Drizzle hollandaise sauce over the top.

Sprinkle on extra pepper if desired, or parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

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