Moderation is the Key to a Healthy Diet Plus a Bangin' Shrimp Recipe to Enjoy

June 7, 2019

In Search of Moderation and a Bangin’ Shrimp Recipe

By Kay MacInnis, Registered Dietitian, Providence Health

In search of the perfect diet can be stressful, so what’s a girl to do….find moderation!

Finding moderation...seems like it should be easy but there is so much information about diet coming at us, it is hard to decipher what is the correct eating pattern to follow. Doing everything in moderation seems to be the best dietary advice for us. Which means having a little of the things you enjoy instead of large servings or having it as often and as much as you like. Sometimes changing a recipe and making it a little healthier means you see it more as a regular option than something special…which works for me. Try this option in place of a popular fried version. This one is REALLY good and fits nicely into moderation.


Bangin’ Good ShrimpBangin' Shrimp


5 tablespoons light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce, or to taste
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
1 cup shredded red cabbage
6 or 7 cilantro leaves
1/4 cup diagonally sliced scallions

In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and see Roger. Toss the shrimp with the corn starch, mixing well with your hands. Heat a large nonstick skillet or walk over high heat. Add the oil and shrimp and cook, stirring until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer of the shrimp to a bowl of sauce and toss well. In a large bowl combine the lettuce, cabbage and cilantro and divide among for serving plates. Divide the shrimp among the plates, garnish with the scallions and serve immediately.

Nutrition information: 215 cal, 7 g fat, 175 mg cholesterol, 14 g carbohydrates, 24 g protein, 454 mg sodium

Recipe source: The Skinnytaste cookbook by Gina Homolka

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This is another in a weekly series of healthy recipes from Kay MacInnis, registered dietitian at Providence Health in Columbia, S.C.

Kay promotes health and wellness, helping cardiac and diabetes patients eat their way to healthier lives. She works in consultation with the trained chefs at Providence, combining her nutrition knowledge with their food prep know-how to create delicious, healthy dishes for patients and the public. She also conducts a number of health and wellness events for the public, including the monthly Providence Cooks! classes.

"She doesn't just give you the fish, she teaches you how to cook it."

 – A Kay MacInnis fan and Providence Cooks! regular.