I’m sure you wouldn’t think of grabbing a very large chunk of garlic and eat it as is! But at only 4 calories a clove, it sure is tempting! Garlic is a nutrition packed small vegetable, which is extremely low in calories and fat, you can enjoy as much as you want.
Not only will you love the flavor of garlic, the nutritional benefits are wonderful. Your may remember the stories where garlic was used to ward off vampires! Silly huh? Now, I am going to tell you the sensible reasons to have garlic in your home….
Garlic has a powerful antioxidant effect which helps protect the body against damaging free radicals. This vegetable may be small, but it is huge in vitamins and minerals. Garlic contains flavonoids, manganese, calcium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Studies have shown garlic can help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, help with blood circulation, and helps to prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
For the maximum nutritional and flavor benefits, it is best to purchase fresh garlic. Other good choices are flakes, powder, and already chopped or ground in a bottle. You can also buy garlic supplements. Garlic is available in your grocery stores year round, and you can even freeze it for later use.
Now, like I mentioned earlier, your not going to eat large pieces of raw garlic by itself! It is pretty strong and would be a little harsh on your stomach and your tongue! But, the good news is, garlic can be added to almost every dish you prepare!
So lets talk about some wonderful ways to enjoy eating garlic and beware; you get an impulse to run out to your grocery store soon to stock up. First thing that comes to mind is garlic bread. Oh my, I can taste it now. But, instead of using the empty carb white breads, choose a low calorie grain bread and go very light on the butter or olive oil.
Adding garlic to low fat vegetable soup is a great way to give more flavor and variety. A baked potato topped with roasted garlic will have your taste buds soaring with pleasure! Baked chicken with chopped garlic or low fat stir fry vegetables with garlic is another idea for a burst of nutrition.
Garlic is perfect for many different types of dips. For example, one of my favorites is to blend some garbanzo beans, spinach, onions, garlic and low fat cheese or low fat cottage cheese and a tiny amount of olive oil. If you want to spice it up, try adding some hot pepper! This is great for dipping raw vegetable sticks such as carrots, celery, cucumber, etc…
Use your imagination and experiment! It will be fun! Every time you are preparing appetizers, snacks and meals, just think to yourself, I should try adding some garlic to this! You will love the added flavor and you don’t need to be concerned about any extra calories!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one clove 4 calories
Vitamin C: 0.9 mg
Calcium: 5.4 mg
Potassium: 12 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Saturated fat: 0