Over the last few days we talked a lot about leeks.  We discussed different ways to prepare them
and how to use them in weight loss diets but we did not review their
nutritional benefits.  To begin with,
leeks come from the Alliaceae family,
the same family garlic and onions comes from. 
They resemble huge green onions, but do not let their appearance scare
you.  Leeks are very mild in taste and
their aroma lightly tickles the nose. 
Leeks are excellent for weight loss, 125 grams equals about
one stalk and provides 65 kcals.  When looking
at their macronutrient (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) they break down to about
88% carbohydrate, 4% fat and 7% protein. 
In addition to being low on calories, leeks are a rich source of vitamin
A, vitamin K, and manganese.  They also
provide a substantial amount of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and iron.  All of which support radiant skin, and
healthy blood. The benefit does not stop there, leeks serve as almost a
complete protein source missing only one of the amino acids. Fiber yet another
essential part of the human diet can also be found in leeks, 1 stack provides 2
grams of dietary fiber.  With all these
benefits every will want this tasty vegetable.

In previous posts we discussed leek soup and steamed leeks
with lemon and olive oil, but those are not the only ways to prepare
leeks.  They give a mild kick to an
otherwise boring quiche.  If you have
evening plans, add leeks to your salad for a nice taste without the onion
breath afterwards.  Cook them up with
eggs or saulte them in a stir-fry. 
Versatile, delicious and healthy; you cannot go wrong with leeks.



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