Here’s why artichokes are on the Thin Foods List:
1. No fat.
2. They take time to eat which means you feel fuller faster so you eat less.
3. Good amount of fiber: 5 grams in 1 large artichoke.
4. Low calorie: 25 in 1 large artichoke.
What’s in them: 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 6g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g protein, 170mg potassium.
Where grown? Nearly 100% of all artichokes consumed in the U.S. are grown in California.
Health benefits: Help with constipation, fight colon cancer, decreases bad cholesterol. Artichokes have the highest amount of anti-oxidants of any vegetable.
How to eat: Steamed fresh (here’s how), canned jarred, or frozen, roasted, baked, steamed with other foods.
Good with: Cheese, capers, garlic, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, basil, spinach, sour cream, hollandaise sauce, balsamic vinaigrette dressing, arugula, onions, potatoes, olive oil, olives.
Artichoke Salsa: 1 can or frozen artichoke hearts, half a jar or can diced green olives, 1 can diced, roasted tomatoes. Mix together in pan on stove until warmed through. Eat as side dish or on top of chicken or fish.
Artichoke Pasta Salad: Mix together with cooked pasta, diced black olives, jar of marinated artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes. Toss with 2 tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar and salt and ground pepper.