They may look little but can pack a big sized taste to your diet. The heat mellows out their bitterness and gives in a nice nutty flavor.
SALAD: Add Brussels sprouts to your salad by sautéing 24 sprouts. Toss them in 1 tbsp lemon juice. In a wok, add 2 peeled, diced Bartlett pears, 1/3 cup apple cider, 2 tsp cider vinegar, and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook until the liquid is almost gone. Add the sprouts and sprinkle with almond slivers.
SIDE: As a side dish you can sauté 4 ounces of diced pancetta in a saucepan. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ cup julienned onion, the largest leaves from 40 sprouts, and ¼ cup chicken stock. Cover and reduce heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until leaves are tender. Transfer to a plate and serve with poached whitefish.
SOUP: To use Brussels sprouts in a soup simply sauté ½ cups of diced onion in ½ tbsp oil. Add 1 tbsp dry sherry and 1 ½ cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Mix in ½ lb quartered sprouts, a pinch of nutmeg, and 1 tbsp kosher salt. Cook for 30 minutes over low heat. Puree in a blender. Strain and serve.
1 cup of Brussels Sprouts pack 38 calories, 75 mg Vitamin C, 342 mg Potassium, and 54 mcg Folate.
“HUGE” – That’s the word to describe the confusion about portion sizes (as well as the portions themselves). One example: A sports arena in the Midwest sells an 8-inch bun piled high with five 1/3-pound beef patties, chili, chips, and cheese that weighs in at 4,800 calories.
As restaurants pump up their serving sizes, we reflexively reset our default for what is normal, according to Brian Wansink, PhD, Cooking Light Nutrition Essentials advisory panelist and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Bigger portion sizes (with more calories and possible saturated ft or sodium) likely entice you to eat more, says Wansink. Yet for maintaining your weight, eating proper portions is key.
TIPS to help with portion control.
- The easiest way to control what you eat is to cook at home, where you can plate a sensible amount.
Choose right-size plates. On overscaled china, your healthful portion may seem skimpy.
As you serve meals, measure individual portions of difficult-to-judge foods like pasta.
When you eat out, finish half your entrée, then bring home the rest to enjoy later.–Kathy Kitchens Downie, RD
Simple food choices go a long way when it comes to your heart’s health. Focusing on fresh foods full of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants can decrease your risk of developing heart disease and cut your chances of a heart attack. These 10 foods will help keep your ticker in top shape.
Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear.
Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats over instant varieties — the coarse and steel-cut contain more fiber — and top your bowl off with a banana for another four grams of fiber.
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