New Year Cleanse: Day 12 — Awe-inspiring Artichokes - The North County Moms

This is definitely a vegetable I seek out to add to my menu whether cleansing or just eating consciously with healthy goals in mind. I love them steamed. It’s actually a fun eating activity to scrape the individual bracts (or petals) with my teeth to enjoy the plump artichoke at the base of each section.


Maria’s Cleanse Notes 

For me the best part about eating steamed artichokes is dipping each petal (or bract) into a warmed olive oil and lemon blend. These days, on the cleanse, I even like to sprinkle a little nooch on top of the freshly dipped course leaves to enhance the flavor and to take in a little more nutritious goodness. Since my sons have been eating artichokes since they could put a spoon in their mouths, I know that kids love this exotic vegetable, too! They think it’s fun to be able to use their fingers and not a fork to get at the good stuff inside these gems.

Check out my artichoke blog post from last year! If you’re uninitiated or uncertain of the best way to eat a steamed, whole artichoke, I break down the process to eat your way to the pièce de résistance, the artichoke hear!

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Francesca’s Take

Artichokes are a Roman food par excellence! I must have been 5 or 6 years old when my grandma started teaching me how to prepare artichokes properly. Artichokes are not only
delicious but also have numerous health benefits. They are rich in prebiotic fiber that feeds the healthy gut bacteria, supporting digestion and elimination. They are a good source of vitamins C and K, contributing to immune function and bone health. Artichokes contain antioxidants, including quercetin and rutin, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may contribute to overall well-being.

Additionally, these vegetables provide essential minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and iron. Artichokes are low in calories and fat, making them a weight-friendly addition to meals. Incorporating artichokes into your diet adds a delightful taste and a range of nutrients supporting various aspects of your health.

Hello, I’m Francesca, and I’m genuinely thrilled to join forces with Maria on this extraordinary detox journey. With 14 years of dedicated experience as an integrative nutritionist, I hold a Master’s in Integrative Nutrition and am certified as a health and wellness coach. My distinctive approach seamlessly blends science-based nutrition with the art and science of coaching, guaranteeing each client a holistic and personalized experience. What sets me apart is not just my wealth of knowledge but my genuine passion for witnessing my clients thrive.

Currently pursuing a doctorate in Integrative Health, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring the latest insights and advancements. My commitment to staying at the forefront of integrative health ensures I can offer cutting-edge strategies to support the well-being of my clients. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments. I look forward to supporting your journey toward optimal health and vitality.

To see access the daily updated menu of 2024 cleanse posts, please visit the Jumpstart January – 2024 Cleanse: María Felicia’s Daily Online Journal

Written by Maria Felicia Kelley with contributions by Francesca Orlando
Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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