When it comes to recipes for a low carb diet, the members of our weight loss centers are an excellent source. This week’s recipe for Low Carb Shrimp Cocktail is incredibly easy to make, but the difference in its carb and sugar content when you make the sauce as opposed to buying it in a jar is a game changer. The kind you buy at the store tends to have between five and six grams of sugar in just one little tablespoon! Instead, take a few minutes to mix this sauce up yourself—you’ll get to enjoy all the beneficial nutrients in the shrimp without losing any of the zesty taste that makes shrimp cocktail so delicious and refreshing.
Shrimp is an ideal source of low-calorie protein, which we always recommend to members of our weight loss centers. Protein helps fill us up and build the lean muscle mass we need to increase our calorie burn, while also promoting healthy digestion. Shrimp is also packed with vitamins B3 and D, as well as zinc, which has been shown to increase the levels of the hormone leptin in our body. Leptin plays an important role in appetite, fat storage and how much energy we use—when levels are insufficient, they can cause cravings and overeating. In addition, shrimp contains iodine, which is essential for helping the thyroid gland function properly. The thyroid controls the body’s basal metabolic rate, which has a direct effect on weight loss and gain.
Play with the quantities to achieve the amount of spiciness you desire.
1 cup sugar-free or reduced sugar catsup
3 tbsp fresh horseradish
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tpsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Taste it and add more horseradish or Tabasco sauce if you like. Arrange the shrimp on a platter with a bowl of the cocktail sauce in the middle and serve!