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Asparagus

Sometimes asparagus gets a bad rap, and that’s a shame because asparagus is scrumptious but much like everything else, you need to know how to prepare it! Also, asparagus gets bonus points for being super healthy. Low in fat and calories and high in fiber, one cup of asparagus spears contains 32 calories and 2.8 grams of fiber.

Health benefits of fiber

Asparagus contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and because our bodies digest fiber slowly, all that fiber helps keeps us feeling full between meals, curbing the urge for us to graze mindlessly. And because asparagus aids in digestion it means we won’t leave the table feeling bloated!

Asparagus is chock full of antioxidants including vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, B12, folic acid and high levels of tryptophan – an amino acid that’s has been linked to elevating moods. Hey, did I mention that asparagus is rich in iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber? IT IS.

How should asparagus be prepared?

Have no fear, asparagus is super easy to prepare! Some people steam (I haven’t mastered the steaming skills set yet), others bake – and that’s not a bad way to go. But I prefer to sauté in extra virgin olive oil, with sea salt, pepper, and chopped garlic thrown in at the last minute.

Do all of the above, and now you have the makings for a simple and yummy side dish, and a great addition to omelets, farro, bean-based pasta and quinoa.

Looking for more ways to include asparagus on your plate?
Consider asparagus salad; an asparagus wrap, and one of my favorites, salmon and asparagus! Make extra of all of the above to have on hand for leftovers!

Speaking of leftovers, add a few spears from last night’s asparagus to your salad or enjoy with Greek yogurt dip while watching Netflix.

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Comments

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    7 days ago

    Sounds good Kelly. I’ve never tried it before. Wife and I bought a can of it but haven’t tried it yet. Need to remind her that it’s still there if the date on the can is still good. Will have to check the can, think said could nuke them. 😉

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