Did you know that eating Brussels sprouts on a regular basis as part of a balanced diet may also help you lose weight? Brussels sprouts are very low in calories (one ounce of cooked and drained Brussels sprouts weigh in at about 10 calories), and they contain only trace amounts of fat.
In addition, the large amounts of vitamin C Brussels sprouts may improve your body’s ability to burn fat during moderate physical exercise. A study conducted by a team of scientists from Arizona State University reported that the study participants who had low blood concentrations of vitamin C burned 25% less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who showed adequate blood levels of vitamin C.
The potential weight loss benefits of vitamin C may be linked to its ability to facilitate the synthesis of carnitine, a compound that has been shown to boost cells’ fat burning capabilities
450g Brussels sprouts
150g other greens, shredded
200g curly kale, shredded
Low Calorie Olive Oil Spray
150g lean bacon medallions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Zest 1 lemon and a squeeze juice
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then add the sprouts and simmer for 4 min or until almost tender. Remove with a slotted spoon (leave the pan of water on the heat) and refresh under cold running water. Drain, then transfer to a large bowl. Cut any large sprouts in half.
Add the sprout tops or greens and the kale to the pan of boiling water and blanch for 1–2 min. Drain, refresh, and then drain again. Add to the bowl of sprouts.
Put a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Spray with oil, then fry the bacon for 5–6 min until crisp. Add the garlic and fry for 30 sec. Add the lemon zest and veg, then cook for 2 min or until heated through. Add the lemon juice and season with pepper to serve.