- Artichokes have no fat of any kind
- Artichoke extracts have been known to help reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- One medium artichoke has about as much potassium as a small banana. Potassium is crucial to maintaining normal heart rhythm and muscle function
- High in antioxidants which are good for your heart and also in preventing some forms of cancer
- Some of the antioxidants in artichokes can help keep liver tissue healthy
- One medium sized artichoke has more fiber than one cup of prunes. Fiber can help reduce bloating after a meal.
- The artichoke is actually the bud of the thistle plant it comes from
Fun Fact: Artichokes are one of the oldest foods and in ancient times it was thought that eating them increased the likelihood of having boys.
Grilled Garlic Artichokes
2 large artichokes
1 lemon, quartered
3/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Fill a large bowl with cold water. Squeeze the juice from one lemon wedge into the water. Trim the tops from the artichokes, then cut in half lengthwise, and place halves into the bowl of lemon water to prevent them from turning brown.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
Add artichokes to boiling water, and cook for about 15 minutes. Drain. Squeeze the remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl. Stir in the olive oil and garlic, and season with salt and pepper.
Brush the artichokes with a coating of the garlic dip, and place them on the preheated grill. Grill the artichokes for 5 to 10 minutes, basting with dip and turning frequently, until the tips are a little charred. Serve immediately with the remaining dip.
Amount per serving (4 total)
Fat: 40.7 g
Protein: 2.9 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 659 mg