Health Food Focus: Asparagus.
Asparagus is in season NOW people! It is thought to be one of the oldest vegetables, prized by the Greeks and Romans as a delicacy. When things are organically and lovingly grown the ARE a delicacy! Asparagus is low calorie, high fiber (keeping you fuller longer. A diet with a lot of fiber can lower cholesterol, risk of heart disease, and is especially effective at preventing colon cancer. Not to mention fiber can help you lose weight).
Rich in folates. Folates and folic acid (often found in vegetables) are important for DNA synthesis inside the cell and is said to help prevent birth defects. So if you’re thinking about getting pregnant or are pregnant, get your vegetables in, especially asparagus!
High in antioxidants, Vitamins C, E, B2 and K. Vitamin K is important for preventing neuron damage (can help prevent Alzheimer’s!) and if you read all of last week’s post on spinach, you remember that Vit K is also important for bone growth!
Easy way to make asparagus: drizzle with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and a bit of parmesan cheese and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, broiling for the last couple minutes. Really good.