Most people know that fish is good for you, but what about other seafood? As it turns out, scallops, in addition to their delectable taste, contain a variety of nutrients that can promote your cardiovascular health, plus provide protection against colon cancer.
Scallops are actually an excellent source of a very important nutrient for cardiovascular health, vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is needed by the body to convert homocysteine, a chemical that can directly damage blood vessel walls, into other benign chemicals.
In addition to their B12, scallops are a good source of magnesium and potassium, two other nutrients that provide significant benefits for the cardiovascular system. Magnesium helps out by causing blood vessels to relax, thus helping to lower blood pressure while improving blood flow. Potassium helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels.
Here are some of the benefits of adding scallops to your meal plan:
They support weight loss: Scallops are a lean protein, containing as little as 1% of healthy fat and only 13% cholesterol per 100 gram portion. Regular consumption reduces fat intake, and supports healthy and steady fat loss.
They Help Lower Cholesterol: Two types of cholesterol, LDL (bad) and HDL (good) need to be balanced in order to be healthy, and scallops help to improve an imbalance. The rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to reduce LDL cholesterol levels while lining your arteries with good cholesterol, which prevents stroke, heart attacks and poor circulation.
They Boost Your Energy: Oxygen is a life giving energy source, and scallops contain just the right ingredients to boost oxygen in your entire body. Being an excellent source of iron means more red blood cells and more oxygen transporters for your entire body, giving your brain, vital organs and nerves a boost in vitality.
They Boost Brain Power: The dense source of protein, iron and Vitamin B12 make scallops an excellent brain food: it delivers a richer source of oxygen and healthy blood to your brain, gives it enough amino acids to function optimally and stimulates nerves for better cognitive function.
3/4 cup of butter (I substitute with Olive Oil)
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 pounds large sea scallops
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Stir in garlic, and cook for a few seconds until fragrant.
Add scallops, and cook for several minutes on one side, then turn over, and continue cooking until firm and opaque.
Remove scallops to a platter, then whisk salt, pepper, and lemon juice into butter.
Pour sauce over scallops to serve.