Why I’m eating all the Endives.
For a few days the vegetable would pop up in my mind. When see it at a store, I’d think about buying it.
It was weird, because I never tried that vegetable before, that flowery-looking almost colorless vegetable (the yellow variety).
We didn’t have it in Russia, and when I traveled, living around the world for 6 years, I never really wanted to try it either. I never even thought about it.
Maybe my body somehow sensed, that the vegetable had something I needed right now. Isn’t it amazing?
So one day, I thought about the idea of making a sardines-endive float, and I got it to do just that.
Because endive has a bitter/sweet taste to it, accompanied by sardines — the combo tasted amazing! Works with salmon too, by the way.
So why am I eating it almost every day now?
Seems like I’m always in the mood for another endive-sardines float.
As it turns out, endives have almost as much potassium as bananas do, BUT without all the fructose and carbs!
And that’s important, if carbs are important for you, if you want to lose weight effortlessly, get rid of cravings caused by rise-and-fall cycle of your blood sugar levels, or if you are trying to stay as lean as possible seeing your six pack regularly. And if you are, like many fit folks these days, a fan of a ketogenic diet (or keto diet).
Potassium, as one of the electrolytes (along with calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphate and chloride), is very important for your cell functioning and energy production especially, regulating your heartbeat and allowing your muscles to contract so you can move. The thing with potassium — it’s hard to get it from lowcarb foods, most of the potassium rich plants are also rich in carbs, like bananas, potatoes, beans, squashes (another great plant lowcarb source of potassium is avocado).
What’s amazing about endive — it has almost no calories and no carbs, so you can really get all you potassium all the time from it, without having to adjust your macros.
Plus, a huge plus also, it has a lot of vitamin A! I’m not a huge fan of carrots because of carbs and starches, so finding another great plant source of Vitamin A, that I love eating, was an amazing food discovery for me!
And that’s why you too want to load up on endives!
Potassium + Vitamin A + Almost no carbs no calories!
Where else would you find such a combo?
That being said, I love my avocados also!
As you can see in the data below, endives are not the top source of vitamin A, but for 17 calories and 3.4 g of carbs, it’s not a bad deal at all! And MUCH friendlier to your six pack!
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 22 mg
Potassium 314 mg
Total Carbs 3.4 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 1.3 g
Sources of Potassium:
Bananas: 358 mg per 100 g
Avocado: 485 mg per 100 g
Salmon: 363 mg per 100 g
Sardines: 397 mg per 100 g
Sources of Vitamin A (per 100 g):
Endive: 2,167 IU
Carrots: 16,706 IU
Liver: 17,997 IU
Sweet Potato: 14,187 IU
Kale: 9,990 IU
Butter: 2,499 IU
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