Asparagus is a classic spring vegetable which has many health benefits
Healthy Food of The Week: Asparagus
I have been eating quite healthy for the last few years but it hasn’t always been that way. While of course I always knew that eating healthy stuff is important for keeping your weight in check, I was really inspired to expand my family’s recipe repertoire after reading Forever Young: The Science of Nutrigenomics for Glowing, Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Every Age book by Dr. Nicholas Perricone. It took me several years to gradually switch to a much healthier diet and a key part of that journey has been finding healthy recipes that are easy to make, use simple ingredients available in local stores and are yummy at the same time. I will turn 37 in a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with my weight, my skin and my health so I think making an effort to eat good foods really pays off!
I hope that I can inspire you to eat a variety of healthy foods with this post series! I will try to select in-season produce, give you information on its nutritional benefits and suggest some interesting recipes.
So here you go, the first vegetable in the series: Asparagus!
Asparagus is a classic spring vegetable which has many health benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant: Asparagus has lots of glutathione – a powerful antioxidant that is thought to help destroy carcinogens and may help prevent some cancers including breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. It may also slow the aging process and protect skin from sun damage.
- Asparagus contains a lot of soluble fiber which helps digestion.
- Asparagus is rich in Folate (Vitamin B9). Folate plays an important role in both nervous and cardiovascular systems support. It is also very important that women who may become pregnant or are in the first trimester of their pregnancy get sufficient amounts of folate to prevent NTD (Neural Tube Defects) in their baby. Because neural tube defects can occur extremely early in pregnancy before the mother is even aware that she is pregnant, it is important that any woman who may become pregnant consumes enough folate.
- Asparagus is thought to be an aphrodisiac.
- Asparagus is a very low-calorie food. Don’t have to add much here 🙂 Go ahead and indulge.
Sure, you could always go ahead and lightly boil or steam asparagus and serve it with some melted butter but why not try a different recipe? Try these 5 easy and healthy recipes with asparagus and other veggies.
This is a very quick recipe that you could easily make on a weekday night. If you don’t want to fire up the grill, you could saute asparagus and zucchinis instead.
This salad is perfect for a spring lunch! You get your veggies, protein and carbs all in one healthy dish.Fresh Peas, Asparagus, Beans, Greens, Chorizo, Potatoes, Eggs, Pumpkin Seeds
Another super quick and delicious recipe with asparagus and mushrooms. You can whip it up in only 10 mins!
A healthy and filling dish that provides both veggies and protein.
Who would be able to resist this toast? It is as healthy as it is beautiful! I am a huge fan of avocado toasts and I’m making one as soon as I get some asparagus and strawberries.