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RECIPE1Tip #33: Add sesame seeds for some added calcium

Did you now that sesame seeds have a high calcium content? Well it’s true! Whole sesame seeds are eaten in some cultures in place of dairy products. The calcium form sesame seeds is more easily used by our bodies than calcium form milk. That means a higher percentage of the calcium contained in sesame seeds actually works for us. In addition, sesame seeds (and pistachios) contain more cholesterol-reducing compounds than other nuts and seeds.

I’ve added a recipe that I think you will like. It’s quick to make and very tastyJ


Sesame Orange Shrimp

Serves 4/ prep time: 25 mins.

2 large egg whites

cup cornstarch

sesame seeds

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1 lbs. med. shrimp, peeled and deveined

cup vegetable oil

1 cup fresh orange juice

2 T. soy sauce

1 T. sugar

4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced


In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, cornstarch, teaspoon of salt, and t. pepper until frothy. Add shrimp to coat.

Heat cup oil in a large non-stick skillet over med. heat.  Working in 2 or 3 batches, cook shrimp until golden, 3 mins. per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.  Add more oil to skillet if necessary for remaining batches.

Wipe skillet with a paper towel. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Boil over high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/3 cup, 4-5 mins. Return shrimp to skillet; add scallions and cook until heated through and coated with sauce, about 1 min.

Per serving: 419 calories; 23.3 grams fat; 32 grams protein; 20.4 grams carbohydrates; 1.5 grams fiber       (from “Everyday Food” PBS)


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