Artichoke Heart Healthy Smoothie
Artichokes are a beneficial ingredient to a healthy diet. There are several excellent reasons to consider artichokes as a wholesome part of a nutritional lifestyle and the artichoke heart healthy smoothie is a good place to start.
The following list contains health benefits of the artichoke:
• Excellent source of antioxidants; silymarin, caffeic acid, and ferulic acid
• Contains bitter principles cynarin and sesquiterpene-lactones; blood cholesterol reducer.
• Natural energy source; rather than processed foods which spike insulin levels
• Substantial sources of vitamins; C, K, folic acid, and B-complex.
• Assists in guarding against cancer; colon cancer.
• Low in calories; a healthy source to satisfy hunger.
• Rich in minerals; copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.
• High in carbohydrates; making them an instant energy source.
Directions for a Artichoke Heart Healthy Smoothie:
Add the following ingredients, in the order provided, to your blender or extractor.
Blend to desired consistency:
1 cup steamed artichoke hearts, cooled
1 clove garlic
1 pinch turmeric
½ lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup water
2 cups spinach, Kale, or collard greens (or a combination)
4-5 ice-cubes (optional)
• Add additional water to achieve desired consistency.
• To make a delicious warm soup: heat the lemon and water together; and add the peeled, steamed artichoke hearts; salt and pepper to taste. This also makes a tasty cold soup for a summer time treat.
• Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
• CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber fruits, vegetables, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.
For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
• Boise Co-Op
• Whole Foods Market
• Brown Box Organics
• The Organic Store Locator
• Learn more about the benefits of fiber by clicking on the WebMD link in this sentence.
• If you need help cooking an artichoke click on the link in this sentence.
• Click on the Herb Wisdom link in his sentence to learn about the two different kinds of artichokes.
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