I have a few new summer obsessions. One of which is The Bar Method as I mentioned on Friday. Number two, is Oysters. I haven’t been able to get enough of them recently. I usually know the calorie content on most foods I eat but I had no idea what the nutritional content was of an oyster besides that aphrodisiac claim (which is not proven).
Oysters are high in protein, low in fat, contain Omega-3 fatty acids, and offer essential minerals, especially
iron, zinc, and copper, plus vitamin B12. With a little cocktail sauce, they really are an amazing hangover snack. For 6 medium sized oysters, there are 57 calories, 2g of fat, 3.3g of carbohydrates and 5.9 g of protein.
I was not a fan of raw oysters up until about last year. Now, I am addicted. I’ve always loved shrimp, scallops and tuna but oysters are a new food for me. Mussels are a new adventure too since about 3 years ago. I don’t know if it’s that my taste buds are changing or I’m more adventurous. I’ve still yet to try a Big Mac but I think I’ll stick to introducing healthy options.
During the summer, I eat a lot of fish since it’s fresh and I’m by the water most weekends. If you live in land, getting raw oysters can be a challenge since they may not be the freshest and you then run the risk of getting sick. They are also pretty expensive. Where I live, one oyster costs about $2/each.
I did have Oysters in Chicago. I tried West Coast and East Coast and will admit I like my hometown version better because they are bigger. West Coast are sweeter but have a deeper shell and tend to be smaller. Cape Cod and New England have large shells that are longer and create a bigger shell fish.
What new foods have you recently been introduced to that you probably never thought you would like?