While it sounds like an exotic new vegetable, heart of palm isn’t new to your grocery store; it’s been hiding away in the canned goods’ aisle for years. This unusual white veggie has a mild, fresh flavour and soft, supple texture. It is harvested from the “heart” of tropical palm trees and packed with good-for-you nutrients. One cup of chopped heart of palm contains four grams each of fibre and protein and only 43 calories.
Research suggests that increasing your fibre intake with foods like heart of palm may help promote weight loss, reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes and lower your chances of a heart attack or stroke. But sneaking in more fibre doesn’t only happen at the salad bar; heart of palm also makes a creamy substitute for butter.
This quinoa risotto not only boosts fibre and protein by swapping arborio rice for a whole grain but also slashes serious calories by subbing the traditional stick of butter for puréed heart of palm. Just be sure to rinse the contents of your can before puréeing to improve flavour and dramatically reduce sodium content.