Health Food of the Week 12/4/11

Let us discuss the wild world of ASPARAGUS!!!

We’ve all seen it and I have found that people sit in one of two camps when it comes to this fleshy green spear of health.  They either love it, or they hate it!  There is no middle ground here!  Asparagus can be eaten for almost any meal…I personally love it with my eggs in the morning!  I always buy my Asparagus fresh, but remember you MUST use it within about 48 hours as asparagus has an absolutely horrible shelf life.

The benefits of asparagus are very wide ranging!  Here is a list of some of the benefits of asparagus:

Anti-inflammatories

Anti-Oxidants

Digestive Support (High inulin content)

Heart Health and Blood Sugar Regulation (Type 2 Diabetes)

Anti Cancer benefits

What are the nutritional components of asparagus: (nutritional data is based on 1 cup)

27 Calories

0 Fat

0 Cholesterol

3 mg Sodium

5 g Carbohydrates

3 g Fiber

3 g Sugar

3 g Protein

Asparagus is loaded with healthy nutrients and macro-nutrients.  Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Selenium.  Asparagus also has a very good amount of Vitamins A, C, E (Alpha Tocopherol), K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

So how do we eat it?  Well not with any of those fattening creams or butters that are so often found on it.  I personally like to simply drop it into some boiling water for NO MORE than 60 seconds….more often about 30 to 40 seconds and the pan sear it with a few spices.  Black Pepper, Pinch of Salt, and Rosemary.  Thats it, plate it up and time to eat.

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