Successful weight loss programs have to include lots of vegetables. As a Certified Nutritionist and Weight Loss Expert, I help my clients lose weight by adopting a healthier diet. Most of my clients’ diets are lacking in vegetables. Many of them tell me that they don’t like veggies and don’t know how to make them taste good.
My #1 recommendation: Roast your vegetables.
Successful Weight Loss Programs: Try Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts have lately become quite popular in restaurants. Of course, that’s partly because they are typically mixed with bacon. Who doesn’t like a bacon dish? Just go to any summer County Fair and there will be many caloric bacon offerings. But, they can be quite tasty sans bacon.
I used to shun Brussels sprouts because they tasted bitter to me. Then I tried roasting them and became an instant convert. The dry heat of the roasting process caramelizes the natural sugars in the vegetables, which gives them a rich, sweet flavor.
This vegetable was first cultivated in Belgium 500 years ago, Brussels sprouts look like mini cabbages and are very easy to cook. They are also a very healthy addition to successful weight loss plans.
Brussels sprouts are good sources of phytonutrients, which means they have health-promoting antioxidant benefits. And, just like their larger relatives, they also provide vitamin C, folate and fiber. The Belgians have traditionally seasoned Brussels sprouts with nutmeg, but fruit, herbs and nuts also complement the flavor of this tasty vegetable.
Healthy Recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Cranberries
Ingredients (serves 4)
• 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
• 1 medium sweet (e.g. Gala, Fuji) apple, cored and diced
• ½ cup dried cranberries
• ½ cup apple or orange juice
• 2 teaspoons canola oil
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
• ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
• ⅛ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
• ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans*
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Combine Brussels sprouts, apple and cranberries in a large bowl. Set aside.
3. Blend apple or orange juice, oil, tarragon, salt and pepper in a small bowl; add to Brussels sprouts mixture; toss until well coated.
4. Arrange the Brussels sprouts mixture in a 9-by-9-inch baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the Brussels sprouts are fork tender.
5. To serve, top with toasted pecans.
• *Toast the pecans in a small, heavy dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the skillet frequently for 1 to 2 minutes until golden to release the flavorful oils.
Nutrition (per ¾ cup serving)
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