asparagus

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts. – Charles Lamb, poet, 1775-1834

Asparagus may not inspire epic poems, but its health benefits are nothing short of poetic. This spring vegetable packs a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it a superstar addition to your plate.

A Nutritional Powerhouse:

  • Low in Carbs and Sodium: Perfect for those watching their intake.
  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamins A, C, E, K, plus essential minerals like zinc, folate, calcium, manganese, potassium, and selenium – all crucial for a strong immune system.
  • High in Fiber and Protein: Promotes gut health, stabilizes blood sugar, and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

Beyond the Basics:

  • Vitamin K for Strong Bones and Blood Clotting.
  • Antioxidant Powerhouse: Fights free radicals associated with aging, cancer risk, and chronic diseases.
  • Prebiotic Power: Inulin, a prebiotic fiber, feeds the good bacteria in your gut, promoting healthy digestion and a happy mood (our gut produces 90% of our serotonin!).
  • Master Detoxifier: Glutathione, an antioxidant, supports the immune system, fights cancer, and aids in managing chronic diseases.
  • Neutralizes Ammonia: Aspartic acid helps eliminate excess ammonia, protecting your liver, brain, and nervous system.

Don’t Let the Smell Deter You:

The temporary change in urine odor is a minor inconvenience compared to the vast health benefits.

Easy to Enjoy:

Asparagus is a culinary chameleon! Roast it, grill it, or steam it – it cooks in just minutes. With a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper, it’s a delicious and versatile side dish.

Asparagus is a soluble fiber that digests into a sort of gluey mass and traps sugars, bacteria, and toxins, and helps move them through your body. Share on X

Ready in Minutes: Asparagus cooks quickly and easily. Broil it for 5 minutes, grill it for a few minutes, or even enjoy it raw! Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a delicious side dish.

And, Miss Manners herself has deemed it a finger food!

Recipes:

Asparagus, New Potato, and  Avocado Salad- Deliciously Ella

Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Dressing- Deliciously Ella

“Everything” Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts, Parmesan and Balsamic Glaze

 

 

Published On: May 7, 2019|By |
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