Add Low-Calorie Leeks To Your Healthy Diet Plan!

Add Low Calorie Leeks To Your Healthy Diet Plan!

Did you know that leeks are easier to digest than their relative, onions? Leeks are actually related to scallions, onions and garlic, but provide a sweeter and more delicate flavor. This very low calorie, and very low fat vegetable has many nutritional benefits, plus adds flavor, and variety to any meal!

Leeks are easy to digest, and they have antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties. Leeks are also a good source of vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and fiber. Plus, this tasty vegetable contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Now you can easily see these are some really good reasons to add leeks to your healthy diet.

Most grocery stores carry leeks year round, although prime season is the fall through the spring. Be sure to pick the leeks that are white in color with dark green leaves.

They should be about one and one-half inches round. You can keep your leeks in the refrigerator, loosely wrapped in plastic, for about one week. You can also freeze your leeks, although they may lose some of their taste and texture.

Leeks can be enjoyed either raw or cooked. Let’s talk about some ways to add leeks to our healthy meal plans. Try adding a few raw slices of leeks to a salad for extra flavor and nutrition.

Try sauteed leeks! They taste great with lemon juice and spices. Add some of your other favorite vegetables for added flavor and make a vegetable stir fry.

Baked leeks are a nice side dish. Just place in a baking dish, and sprinkle a small amount of low fat parmesan cheese on top. Roasted leeks will have your guests running back for more! Just place a very small amount of olive oil in a roasting pan and add your leeks. Sprinkle sea salt or any of your favorite spices on top, and roast for about half an hour.

Try adding some chopped leeks to your egg omelet. Lean chopped ham, along with chopped tomato, bell peppers and a very small amount of low fat cheese makes a perfect breakfast. For added flavor and nutrition, add some salsa on top!

Leek soup can be prepared many tasty ways. Try a low calorie, low fat asparagus leek soup! Just add a very small amount of light butter, leeks, asparagus, garlic, low sodium chicken broth, and a small amount of plain low fat yogurt. You can toss in some of your favorite spices for added flavor, if you like. You can also substitute the asparagus with cauliflower for variety.

Have fun and try new ways to prepare leeks. They are fun, nutritious, and delicious!

The Power Blast!

Calories: 1 leek (124g) 38 calories
Protein: 1 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 3 g
Vitamin C: 5.2 mg
Calcium: 37.2 mg
Cholesterol: 0
Potassium: 108 mg
Sodium: 305 mg
Saturated Fat: 0

Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!