Power Lunch Paleo Asian Crab and Avocado Cucumber Salad! Light, Gluten Free, and Super Healthy crab and zesty spiralized cucumber salad topped with avocado and juicy plum. Asian style crab salad that makes for a great protein packed and nutrient dense meal or appetizer.
Oh my. So much newness this week. We feel like it’s the first week of school. New routine, new clothes, new schedule, new meal plan schedule. Whoa! I feel like my sherpa skills need some sharpening. I better do it fast so no one gets crabby. Hehe… see what I did there? Okay puns aside, let’s talk crab, specifically blue or white crab. And even more specifically, crab in an Asian Crab and Avocado Cucumber Salad ya’ll!
If you are a seafood lover, then you will love this Asian Crab and Avocado Cucumber Salad recipe! It’s so simple and great for lunch on the go (like in a mason jar) or whenever! But my whole purpose for getting a little ecstatic about crab (NOT imitation crab) is its nutritional content. Yes, let’s get nutrition nerdy!
This delicious crustacean is naturally low in fat and contains only around 70-95 calories per serving.
Blue Crab is lightest, around 70 calorie 3oz. and Dungeness Crab is highest, around 95 calorie per 3oz. serving. Majority calories coming from PROTEIN. WOOWOO!
More importantly though, crab is the KING of seafood when it comes to providing key vitamins and minerals. Actually, sardines are King(s), but let’s just go with my pun, mmm k?
Crab meat is a great way to boost protein and B vitamins without having to actually eat red meat. Many of my clients (and friends) are asking me for more food sources that contain vitamin B-12 and B-6, specifically ones that are meat free. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely room for healthy Vitamin B-12 meat recipes in the diet, but it’s also important to switch up your sources. Which is why this Asian Crab and Avocado Cucumber Salad recipe comes in handy!
So why so gah gah over Vitamin B-12? Well, vitamin B-12, along with the other B vitamins, helps to convert food into energy. B-12 helps make up our DNA and is crucial for a mental health and keeping our immune system strong. . Your body will not run smoothly without it.
But guess what? Vitamin B-12 also the one of the first minerals to go (become depleted) when our bodies are stressed, making it hard for our bodies to keep it around. Does that make sense? Which is why we need to find some quality sources that are packed full of it! If you are vegan, you may want to consider a supplement or quality plant based b-vitamin rich protein since it’s not a plant sourced vitamin.
Now, let’s dish this salad up! It’s super easy and if you use canned crab, it’s even easier. My go to canned crab meat is either Natural Crown Prince or Miller’s brand.. Both are very light and refreshing and both can be found at whole foods or your local grocer! This type of crab pairs great with the tartness of plums and buttery goodness of avocado! All tossed together in spiralized cucumber salad.
Have I convinced you yet?
Asian style crab paired with an easy peasy spiralized cucumber salad makes one heck of a power house lunch! Complete Protein, Omegas, Vitamin B-12, B-6, Vitamin C (from the plums) fiber, healthy fats…it’s Got it ALL! This Asian Crab and Avocado Spiralized Cucumber Salad is what we call a BRAIN POWER meal! Goodness, we could definitely use some more of that this week.
Ever tried crab in recipe? What about in a spiralized salad? B-12 … are you getting yours?
Remember, don’t stress, just eat up! 😉