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Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Vegetable Great for Weight Loss--Watercress

We have been enjoying making more salads these days. With so many spring vegetables showing up at the grocery store it is fun to incorporate them in our menus. This past week I selected an online recipe - Sesame Shrimp Salad.

I honestly picked it because I wanted a recipe that would make good use of my homemade marmalade. This recipe also uses shrimp, a favorite seafood of my daughters. Little did I know I was selecting a recipe with watercress that is a Spring Vegetable great for weight loss! And this is what I found out about watercress-

This delicate, peppery-tasting green is low-carb, low-fat and contains a paltry two calories per half cup. It’s also a good source of magnesium, phosphorous and the B complex vitamins, which work hand-in-hand to reduce tissue inflammation and flush out trapped fluids, say Stanford University researchers. Raw watercress adds a delicious zing to sandwiches and salads -- or it can be steamed and served just like any other green. Tip: Wrap a damp cloth around the roots and toss the whole bundle into a plastic bag, and it will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.

And who knew watercress would help reduce tissue inflammation-- something I have been personally struggling with post knee surgery!

The recipe, Sesame Shrimp Salad, was delicious and packed-full of yummy ingredients. It is a definite repeat and recommended for others to try!