Why You Should Eat Your Asparagus

asparagus 2One of the best things about spring are all of the colorful veggies that are in season. One that packs a lot of punch? Asparagus. Not only is it delicious and a highly versatile vegetable, but it’s bursting with nutrition & health benefits;

  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Vitamins C, A, E and K
  • High in potassium
  • Antioxidants (helps fight free radicals) (i.e. fights aging!)
  • It’s a natural diuretic- helps rid your body of salt by increasing urination. ‘Bye ‘bye bloating…
  • Helps with digestion
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Fights inflammation in your body

Tip- if you don’t plan on eating your asparagus right away, simply trim the ends a little and keep in a glass of water (just cover the ends- about an inch)

My favorite way to cook asparagus is by tossing it in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasting it in the oven (425 degrees) for about 15-20 mins. (depends on the size of the asparagus- make sure it’s still crispy) Roasting ensures you don’t lose many of the nutrients and it gives it such a nice flavor with a little crunch. (I think roasting is the best method for cooking most vegetables actually)

Here are 5 of my favorite asparagus recipes, all have been in my rotation for years and they are easy and oh so good…enjoy!

Mediterranean Shrimp and Asparagus

Asparagus Gruyère Tart

Asparagus, Mint and Lemon Risotto

Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

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