3 Ways to Slim Down with Artichokes

· January 13, 2016
Artichokes are a great compliment to your weight loss routine. They’re high in fiber and help your body better digest and synthesize fats.

Everyone knows how hard it is to lose a few pounds when you really want to. Are you doomed to starving yourself? Not at all. All you need to do is eat a little healthier and change your daily habits. And what’s more, you can even enjoy what you eat, making artichokes an excellent option. Find out three ways to incorporate artichokes into your weight loss routine.

Losing weight with artichokes is possible

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It’s not a stretch to say that artichokes are one of the best plants with medicinal properties that benefit your health and beauty. They’re one of the more cleansing foods that exist, able to speed up your metabolism and also promote the removal of fluids as a diuretic. We often say they’re a “fat burning” food, but that’s not exactly the case.

What artichokes do, however, is promote digestion of fats – so they’re not eliminated, but better synthesized by the body for removal. Something else to keep in mind is that in order to lose weight, you shouldn’t just limit yourself to eating artichokes for a few weeks. That’s a huge mistake! It’s true that artichokes have loads of fiber and contain important vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B1. But you don’t want to make them your “exclusive” dietary choice.

Instead, artichokes are an ideal complement to your weight loss routine. Whenever you reduce the fat and sugar in your diet, artichokes will definitely help you digest your food better and prevent fluid retention thanks to cynarin, which also stimulates the production of bile. Eating artichoke is healthy and we highly recommend it for when you need to lose those pesky few pounds.

Want to learn three ways to prepare artichokes and lose weight? Great!

1. Option 1 to lose weight with artichokes

What do you need?

  • 1 cooked artichoke
  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • 4 almonds
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 cup of the water used to boil the artichoke

How do you prepare it?

This recipe is simple and might be a bit of a surprise to you, but we promise it’s tasty, healthy, and effective for weight loss. Pineapple is great for detoxing the body and helping you burn fat, and combining it with a little lemon juice and the artichoke will amplify its effects.

Almonds provide magnesium, which provides you with energy and helps care for your bones and muscles. Mix up this healthy smoothie to help you start your day in the best way possible. The first thing you need to do is boil the artichoke. Once the center has softened, remove the artichoke and reserve the water.

Now add the artichoke, pineapple, and almonds to the blender and mix until you have a smooth paste. Add the lemon juice and reserved cooking water, and continue to blend until you have a homogeneous and delicious beverage. How does that sound? It’s best to drink this in the morning.

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2. Option 2: artichoke tea

What do you need?

  • 2 artichokes
  • ½ liter of water
  • Juice from ½ lemon

How do you prepare it?

This is the best known way to lose weight with artichokes: through the water you reserve from boiling them. As you can probably guess, it’s easy to make, and maybe you’ve already tried this once or twice before. Boil your artichokes in the water until they’re soft. You’ll drink the water reserved from cooking throughout your day. And you can serve your artichokes with dinner, adding a little olive oil or apple cider vinegar – everyone knows that’s a delicious combination.

Mix your artichoke cooking water with the lemon juice, and drink a cup about a half hour before each meal. And remember, experts and studies in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism say that drinking at least half a liter of cold water per day will speed up your metabolism by up to 30%, helping you burn more calories. So what? Well, store your artichoke tea in the fridge for a while before you drink it, and get double the benefits. It’s simple!

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3. Option 3: to speed up metabolism

What do you need?

  • 1 cooked artichoke
  • Half a cup of the reserved cooking liquid
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of ground ginger

How do you prepare it?

Well, you might be surprised again after seeing this list of ingredients. But this recipe is great for having at least 3 times a week with dinner. You already know, for example, that cayenne pepper helps speed up your metabolism better than just about anything else. Combining it with ginger and artichoke, you get a beverage that’s highly effective for weight loss.

All you need to do is cook your artichoke and reserve the water you used for boiling it. Add the pepper and ginger to half a cup of that water, and let it mix together. Are you ready? Great – this last step is easy: mix all your ingredients (artichoke, half cup of water, and pepper and ginger) in a blender until the liquid is smooth.

Its taste is unique, yes, but if you have it with dinner a few times a week you’ll notice a change in your weight for the better.