Swedish experts have found that thylakoids found in spinach and other leafy greens work as an appetite suppressant that controls food intake, inhibits weight gain and encourages weight loss. Thylakoids postpone digestion because they attach to fats and decrease hydrolysis of the fats. They also stimulate the release of cholecystokinin, the primary signal for feeling full. Thylakoids also elevate leptin (your food cravings suppressor) amount for up to six hours after having a meal and decrease ghrelin (the cravings hormone) and insulin. Try this simple and healthy spinach soup…
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 potato, peeled and chopped into cubes
- 1 and ½ cup spinach, thick stems trimmed
- vegetable broth
- Freshly-ground black pepper
- Heat oil over medium heat in a pot or kadhai.
- Add garlic and onions and cook until beginning to soften.
- Add potato and spinach.
- Pour over broth and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is bright green, and potato cubes are tender.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Use a blender to blend soup until smooth.
- Garnish with croutons (optional).