Fit to Eat: A Lobster Dinner

Summer's decadent shellfish has a secret: It's surprisingly low in calories (and it doesn't need butter or mayo).

For a taste of lobster's tender, sweet meat, most of us will happily tear through those shells with our bare hands, especially if we can dunk it in a bowl of melted butter. What many of us don't realize is that lobster is rich-tasting without high-calorie accompaniments, and amazingly, it's also very lean. "Six ounces -- the average yield from a two-pound lobster -- has 166 calories and less than one gram of fat," says Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian in New York City and the author of "Joy Bauer's Food Cures." And contrary to popular belief, lobster is also relatively heart-healthy: Anyone who has avoided the shellfish because it's high in cholesterol will be happy to know it has next to no saturated fat, which nutritionists consider the greater threat to arteries. These recipes, including a fresh salad and a reinvented lobster roll, fit that healthy profile. The chowder requires a little extra effort, but as always, this crustacean is worth it.


Lobster Prep, Step by Step

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