Pancakes can be loaded with sodium.
Example for one Pancakes plain, frozen, ready-to-heat (inc buttermilk) can b about 183mg of sodium. Pancakes, plain, dry mix, complete, prepared can be about 239mg and Waffles, plain, frozen, ready-to-heat, toasted (inc buttermilk) can be about 260mg, just for one. Here is a recipe to try, that is low salt.
10 cups flour ( No sodium)
1/4 cup salt free Featherweight baking powder
2 cups instant dry milk
3/4 cup sugar
Mix all ingredients. Place in a large air tight container. Store this jar in a coll dry place... use within 6 months.
When you are ready for pancakes... add...
2 cups pancake mix (recipe above)
1 egg (65mg sodium)
1 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
Blend all ingredients well. If you like thinner pancakes, add more milk... a little at a time. Pour batter into heated pan. When pancake starts to bubble... it should be okay to turn the pancake over. Let set for another couple minute... until light brown on both sides.
Top with 1 tablespoon Promise Margarine (50mg sodium) or no-salt butter and 2 tablespoons low sodium syrup... or your favourite topping... such as fresh fruit... powdered sugar.
You can buy a good quality real maple syrup that is omg of sodium or make your own syrup...
add 1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
mix in sauce pan and cook over med/low heat. When sugar is dissolved add 1 tablespoon promise margarine... and 1/2 tablespoon maple flavoring (or flavor of your choice.
Special Diet: Low Sodium
Category: Low or No Salt
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Description: Welcome those crisp winter days with a pot of hearty Tuscan bean soup. Leeks are a unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables belong in your diet on a regular basis. Like their allium cousins, onions and garlic, let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes after cutting and before cooking to enhance their health-promoting qualities.
A good source of dietary fiber, leeks also contain goodly amounts of folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Easier to digest than standard onions, leeks have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties.
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Leeks are low in calories. 100 g fresh stalks contain 61 calories. Further, their elongated stalks provide good amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities.
Allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO); thereby bring reduction in the total blood pressure. It also blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.
Leeks are great source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions. 100 g fresh stalks provide 64 µg of folates. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Their adequate levels in the diet during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
In addition, leeks are one of the good source of vitamin A (1667 IU or 55% of RDA per 100 g) and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, xanthin, and lutein. They also have some other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, K, and vitamin E. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Further, its stalks have small amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
Often overlooked in leeks is their important concentration of the B vitamin folate. Folate is present in leeks in one of its bioactive forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb).
Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks. Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag will help them to retain moisture.
Tips for Preparing Leeks - Cut off green tops of leeks and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Cut leeks into 2-inch lengths. Holding the leek sections cut side up, cut lengthwise so that you end up with thin strips, known as the chiffonade cut, slicing until you reach the green portion. Make sure slices are cut very thin to shorten cooking time. Let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes before cooking.
With a more delicate and sweeter flavor than onions, leeks add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors that are present. Although leeks are available throughout the year they are in season from the fall through the early part of spring when they are at their best.