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.

1. Grilled Asparagus and Zucchini Salad with a Lemon and Basil Vinaigrette from Audrey’s Apron

 

Grilled asparagus and zucchini salad with lemon and basil vinaigrette. This healthy recipe only takes 10 mins to make!

This healthy dish only takes 10 minutes to make!

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.

2. Spring Greens Salad from Wild Greens and Sardines

 

Healthy Spring Salad - Fresh Peas, Asparagus, Beans, Greens, Chorizo, Potatoes, Eggs, Pumpkin Seeds

This salad is filling enough to be your mail course

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

3. Sauteed Asparagus and Mushrooms from Mirlandra’s Kitchen

 

Sauteed Asparagus And Mushrooms recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!

Super quick recipe!

Another super quick and delicious recipe with asparagus and mushrooms. You can whip it up in only 10 mins!

4. Baked Eggs and Asparagus with Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen

 

Baked eggs and asparagus with parmesan. Healthy veggies and protein combined in one dish.

Healthy veggies and protein combined in one dish

A healthy and filling dish that provides both veggies and protein.

5. Avocado Toast with Asparagus and Strawberries from Floating Kitchen

 

Avocado, asparagus and strawberries toast. Not your old avocado toast!

Not your old avocado toast!

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.

 
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