Artichokes are one of the few foods that scare me a little. Their preparation seemed daunting, their appearance was a little rough. But the tender centers are worth the effort. Plus, these green flower buds are packed full of nutritional goodness.
In one 60 calorie artichoke, there is 7 g fiber and 4 g protein plus a laundry list of vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, vitamin K, copper, and manganese. Loaded with antioxidants, artichokes are a terrific food to add to your daily diet.
As a low carbohydrate, high fiber vegetable, artichokes are great for weight loss and weight management, since the fiber will fill you up and keep you feeling full. Their high fiber content also aids in digestion and blood sugar control, lowering the risk of heart disease.
The antioxidant content in artichokes helps to boost immunity and prevent disease. Their vitamin C content especially helps to support immune system health.
If you’re scared of artichokes, given them one try with one of these savory recipes:
- Artichoke, Mushroom, and Pine Nut Ravioli
- Creamy Avocado, Artichoke, and Kale Dip
- Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip (this stuff is addicting!)
- Pasta with Artichoke Alfredo
- Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic