Mind Your P’s & Q’s Part 2

This week’s Nutrition Quick Tip, is part 2 of the 2-part series on minding your P’s & Q’s in the off-season. Although the 17th century English pub version “mind your pint’s & quarts” might apply to the off-season, our Nutrition Quick Tip series with continue with the SportWise Nutrition & Consulting version ­– Mind your Portions & Quality choices:


  • Make those calories count – get the biggest bang for your buck by consuming colorful fruits & vegetables.
  • Eat your vegetables - try something new each week – golden beets anyone?
  • Lighten up – reduce total calories by substituting lower calorie ingredients for higher calorie ones.
  • Think ‘outside of the bag’ – instead of packaged snacks try fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods.

The following recipe is a loaded with quality nutrients provided by colorful fruits & vegetables and a healthy, lean protein - shrimp.

Tropical Shrimp Salad With Lime-Cilantro Dressing


· 2 garlic cloves, minced

· 4 tablespoons olive oil

· 1 lb raw, peeled & deveined shrimp

Whisk together garlic and olive oil in large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Marinate 1 hour. Grill shrimp 3 minutes on each side. Set aside.


· juice of 2 limes

· 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

· 2 garlic cloves, minced

· 1/2 cup olive oil

· Pinch oregano

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on low speed until smooth.


· 1/2 lb mixed greens

· 1 ripe avocado, cut in slices

· 1 orange, peeled and cut in slices

· 1 jicama, peeled and cut julienne style

· 1 red pepper, cut julienne style

Toss together mixed greens, avocado, orange slices, jicama, red pepper, and 1/2 of the lime-cilantro dressing.

To serve: Divide salad on 4 plates and place 4 grilled shrimp on top of each salad. Drizzle remaining lime-cilantro dressing over top of shrimp.

Recipe courtesy of The Shrimp Council and Sea Port Products Corporation

Think-ahead tip: Prepare extra shrimp for tomorrow’s lunch - shrimp wraps – shrimp, salsa, salad greens, and whole wheat tortillas. Now that’s planning ahead for making another healthy, P’s & Q’s choice!