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By Larry

*Happiest of Birthdays to Cathy H., Ken Z. and Avi M.!!

*Here are a few tricks to help you stay on track with your calorie-cutting plan:
1) Eating breakfast actually helps keep your waistline trim. A recent University of Texas study found that people who ate breakfast took in 5% fewer calories over the course of the day, which could equal a 10 pound loss in a year. Oatmeal, cereal and fruit are some great breakfast suggestions.
2) Eat and enjoy potatoes. Potatoes contain a type of starch known as natural resistant starch that acts a lot like fiber once it's in your digestive system. This means they make you feel fuller longer. Chilling cooked potatoes nearly doubles the amount of natural resistant starch in a serving.

Potato and Leek Soup

Yield: 6 servings (Serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

*1 tablespoon peanut oil
*1/2 cup finely chopped onions
*2 cups chopped leeks, well rinsed
*1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
*salt to taste
*black pepper to taste
*1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
*2 cups peeled potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes (keep in water so they don't discolor)
*1 tablespoon chopped chives

1) Heat the peanut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add the onion, leek and thyme; season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes.
2) Add the stock and bring to a boil quickly over high heat.
3) Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the leeks are completely tender.
4) Add the potatoes and simmer about 10 minutes more, or until the potatoes are tender.
5) Puree in a blender.
6) Add salt and pepper to taste.
7) Serve garnished with chives.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per serving: 114
Carbohydrate: 16 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Fat: 4 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

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