Spring Slim Down - Part II

Winter Vegetables that will help you slim down.   
Incorporating these five fresh vegetables into your diet plan can help you win the weight-loss battle and maintain a healthy weight this winter.

Potatoes: They’ve gotten a bad rap for scoring high on the glycemic index, which reflects how much blood glucose rises after eating a food, but it is now being suggested that eating even a potato a day doesn’t disrupt weight loss if you are following a healthy calorie-controlled regimen. One medium potato (5.3 ounces) has a surprisingly reasonable 110 calories. Just watch the toppings, those can add lots of calories.

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
Wild Mushroom Soup

: At only 29 calories per cup, cauliflower is a low-calorie side, but, can feel substantial if cooked correctly. It can be made into a creamy puree, roast it to draw out its nutty flavor or eaten raw in a chopped salad. This veggie’s mild flavor makes it very versatile.

Cauliflower with Pears
Lemon and Honey Glazed Cauliflower

: This vegetable is pretty much synonymous with healthy food.  It’s a great source of beta carotene, vitamin C and phytochemicals, that amp up the body’s ability to cleanse itself. Kale is a great vegetable to have on hand when you’re trying to cut calories. Kale is a wonderful addition to soups which, according to studies, tend to be unbelieveably-satisfying, so you can feel full on fewer calories.

Braised Kale with Sun Dried Tomatoes
Pork and Kale with Black Eyed Peas

Spaghetti Squash
: Spaghetti squash has “astonishing” properties: bake it, shred it and this awesome vegetable transforms into “noodles.” You’ll easily learn to love it, once you realize it can save loads of calories. Serve spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan in place of regular spaghetti for a dish that delivers less than a quarter of the calories. (Cooked pasta has about 200 calories per cup; spaghetti squash, 42 calories.)

Spaghetti Squash and Pork stir-fry

Brussels Sprouts
: Low in calories and a great source of fiber (28 calories and 2 grams of fiber per half cup), these sweet vegetables are a delicious side to serve every night as well as an elegant dish to share on holidays. They also deliver vitamins A, C and K.

Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms with Creamy Fettuccine
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon