Looking to lose weight or just put drop a few body fat percentage points? Then throw some shrimp on the barbie (or in the oven or sauté pan)! These little crustaceans are packed with protein, are low in calories, and are a snap to prepare. A 3-ounce serving of shrimp (about 7 medium-sized shrimp) contains only 90 calories and is loaded with 18 grams of protein. Shrimp is also packed with the antioxidant astaxanthin and other minerals and vitamins that many of us are lacking like selenium, zinc, copper, B6, and B12.

When buying shrimp, buy frozen. Most shrimp is frozen at sea and is shipped to the supermarket that way. The “fresh” shrimp you see at the supermarket is most often frozen shrimp that has been thawed before being put on display. To thaw your shrimp at home run the bag under cool water (not hot!) for a few minutes. Once thawed, pat dry with a paper towel before cooking. 

Here, 20 healthy shrimp recipes that are easy to make, low in sugar, and calories. Add these dishes to your healthy cooking repertoire and, coupled with a great workout routine, you’ll get ripped in no time.