Artichokes is an absolutely amazing vegetable and made Preventions 30 Superfoods for a Healthier Life as #1. According to Prevention, WebMD and FoodFacts.Mercola.com it truly is a super food.
Did you know that Artichokes are a member of the Sunflower family and originate from the Mediterranean? However, now days, the Artichokes consumed today in the U.S. are mainly from California.
Artichokes have a lot of benefits that I was not aware of. They are a good source of folate, dietary fiber, and Vitamins C & K along with being packed with antioxidants. All of these help with maintaining blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Additionally, the Vitamins they are high in help fight free radicals and are plentiful in minerals such as Potassium and Magnesium. Which most adults in the U.S. are deficient in Magnesium.
This is definitely a superfood that I need to work on getting into my diet on a more regular basis. If you are like me and needing to find some healthy Artichoke foods / recipes you might check out CookingLight.com as they have several that look good to me.
Probably will not get my husband to eat these with me but that is because he does not like Artichoke anyways... That is another blog for another day as we just had a huge debate over our 4 year old granddaughter not eating her little bit of Broccoli at supper tonight :).
I would love to see your favorite recipes utilizing Artichoke. Post them in the comments so I can give them a try as well.