Leeks- A green, mild vegetable part of the onion family


Leeks are a green mild root vegetable known as alliums,  related to garlic, chives, shallots, and onions.  A nutrient-dense root vegetable they are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. Crunchy and firm leeks have a mild taste that is very similar to onions.

This root vegetable has many nutrients, including vitamin K, A, C, and  vitamin B6 , minerals  such as iron, and manganese.  All these nutrients have many health benefits.

Why include Leeks in our diet?

1. High in fiber
Leeks are high in fiber, which helps support gut health and low in calories. High in fiber, leeks can relieve constipation by increasing bowel movement frequency, soften our stools and promote a healthy digestive system.  

2. Rich in antioxidants

Leeks are high in antioxidants, which help prevent damage to cells. Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and bone health also helps protect against progressive bone loss. The antioxidant, vitamin C helps with iron absorption tissue repair, immune function, for the growth and repair of tissues in your body, and helps with the production of collagen.

3. Minerals

Leeks contain iron for maintaining red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues, and manganese, important for regulating nerve and brain function. Manganese plays a role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism, blood sugar regulation, and calcium absorption.

There are several options on how to cook and prepare leeks. From chopped to diced they are great in  soups, stews or quiche. Grilled or roasted, they also make a nice side dish.

Smell, Taste, Enjoy. Be Mindful of the Food You Eat!