Paleo Recipe: Avocado and Shrimp Salad

This weekend I went to a wedding where one of the first courses was an avocado and shrimp salad (not on a bed of leaves, more like “tuna salad”) on a piece of toasted bruschetta bread. This month I have been trying to be more conscious about being gluten-free (as in going from 90/10 to 99/1%), so I didn’t eat the bread, but the avocado/shrimp combo was delicious! I decided that I wanted that for my breakfasts this week, so this is the recipe I reconstructed, plus some extra. 

For five servings (about 1 cup each):

5 ripe avocados

1 lb. cooked and peeled shrimp

1/2 diced red onion

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

lime juice (use real limes if you want)

1. Cut the avocados and get the fruit into a large mixing bowl

2. Add the diced onion and chopped cilantro to the avocado. Use something to mash it all together into a paste.

3. This step is optional, but I chopped the shrimp into tiny pieces.

4. Add the shrimp to the paste and mix (don’t mash). Add lime juice to taste and also keep the avocado from going bad! (I probably added about 1/2-3/4 cup, but it depends on how you want it to taste.)

That’s it! It makes 5-6 cups and I’ll eat that each morning for my breakfast. It’s not a huge serving, but I’m not one that needs to eat breakfast. My body would intermittent fast and be perfectly fine until lunch, but I’ve been eating breakfast just to get calories down the piehole and get my cognitive functioning going with some good fats. 

I’m also not incredibly picky or creative when it comes to my food, but I imagine you could easily use this mixture to dip cut bell peppers in, or mix some egg yolk in and put it in the hardboiled white part. It definitely has the consistency of egg salad, so get as creative as you want.

Just now, I plugged this recipe into MyFitnessPal and it came up with the following macros (Note: This is for the ENTIRE recipe):

So per serving, it’s about 355 calories, 21g carbs/25g fat/20g protein. I don’t tend to count calories or macros for myself, but I also think it’s interesting information. In other words, I didn’t INTEND to have this balanced macro ratio, it just happened as a result of me throwing together a quick and easy recipe that was tasty.

 For the past few months I have been doing a hunk of beef or pork (probably about 7-8oz.) and sometimes with white rice (yes, for some people rice is fine). Looking at these numbers now, I might have done extra shrimp to up the protein, but chances are that I will make up for it later on in the day (dinner tends to be my biggest meal)

I’ll use this week to see how I feel and if it’s any different. Chances are I will feel about the same, but I will let you know if anything is significantly different (e.g. energy level, hunger, etc)

Blue Blockers

I’ve written about f.lux and how it changes the light coming from your computer monitor, but what about the rest of the lights in your house? At PaleoFX, there was a mention of using blue blocking glasses, or “blue blockers,” to help maintain a more natural circadian rhythm. I had heard of these specialty glasses before, but decided to order them when I got back from the conference to actually do an n=1 experiment.

  

I searched on Amazon for “SCT Orange” since this is the type of lens that you want. It is a specialty lens that blocks light with a wavelength of up to 540nm which includes violet, blue, and some green wavelengths. Why is this important? Because light helps your body determine when it is day and when it is night. If your eye sees light of the short wavelength variety (blue), it will perceive it to be daytime and suppress melatonin production. As you probably know, melatonin is a hormone that kicks in before and during sleep. To put it simply, the lights you have on after sundown messes with your sleep cycle. If you’ve ever gone camping or had the power go out, you know that without electricity, you get sleepy VERY fast once the sun goes down. 

  

The glasses I found on Amazon are Uvex SCT Orange anti fog glasses. I spent a whopping $8.34 on them. Although they don’t fit incredibly well (the nose piece is too wide and they slip down my face) I can’t complain for $8. Also, they do have adjustable ear pieces, so tightening those up helped a good deal.

  

The first day I got them, I put them on when the sun was going down and went about my business around the house. About 30 minutes in, I felt my head pulsing about 2 inches behind my forehead and I felt myself get very sleepy. Not coincidentally, melatonin is produced in the pineal gland, located in the the middle of the brain about 2-4 inches behind the forehead! (Side note: this is the same feeling I have whenever I am about to fly. No matter what time of day or night, I feel it in my head and I get very sleepy. Without knowing for sure, I would say this is my body producing melatonin because it knows it’s going on a trip!) Besides getting sleepy, I had to get used to everything having an orange tint!

  

I won’t lie and say I felt incredibly refreshed when I awoke, but that’s probably because I fought feeling sleepy and stayed up until my normal sleep time. I won’t think it’s the end of the world if I don’t wear the glasses, but I will wear them whenever I have the chance. For those who have a hard time going to sleep, you may want to check them out. (if your roommate/significant other can handle it) Click the link below to get yourself a pair!