Yet another winter storm and “polar vortex” is headed our way, so I’m dreaming of summer and tropical vacations! This recipe for a very simple shrimp and avocado ceviche is my answer to that longing. It literally took 5 minutes to throw together and except for the shrimp, all of the ingredients were things I already had in the refrigerator.
Nutrient dense powerhouse
Not only is this ceviche tasty and guaranteed to transport your senses to a warmer locale, it is highly nutrient dense. Shrimp is a high quality protein and a good source of selenium. People with bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and celiac disease are often deficient in selenium. We don’t know if the deficiency causes the disease or if it is merely a symptom of impaired bowel function, but researchers believe it makes you more susceptible to other illnesses due to its role in immune function. There is also considerable evidence that selenium supplementation can play a role in treatment of autoimmune thyroid disorders. For more information, see Chris Kresser’s article titled Selenium: The Missing Link for Treating Hypothyroidism.
Avocado is frequently proclaimed a “healthy fat” by paleo folks but they rarely mention that it is also a great source of numerous vitamins and minerals. Among these include over 50% the recommended daily value of both vitamin K and folate. Vitamin K is important for bone health and there is a high prevalence of osteopenia in people with Crohn’s disease. People with inflammatory bowel disease in their small intestine are at high risk of developing folate deficiency, especially if you are taking certain medications. Avocado also contains significant amounts of vitamins C, E, and B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, and potassium.
Notes for healing diets:
- Whole30: Totally compliant!
- Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): Totally compliant!
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD): Totally complaint!
- Low-FODMAPs: Avocados are high in polyols and onions are high in fructans. If you are sensitive to either group, simply eliminate that item and increase the amount of cucumber.
- 1 lb. shelled, deveined and cooked shrimp, cut into bite size chunks
- The juice of 1 lime
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small cucumber, diced
- 1 avocado, peeled and diced
- 3 tablespoons chopped red onion or shallot
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Serve immediately or place in refrigerator and allow flavors to marry for 1-2 hours before serving.
Shared on Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.