Spring Clean with Asparagus!
Written by: Rikki Alrutz
Spring is finally here! Though that may not seem the case here on the East coast, I did hear the first birds chirping outside my window and did see the first fresh baby asparagus at my local grocery store! Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies, and there’s something about those fresh, delicate, baby spears that precipitate thoughts of spring and spring cleaning—the detox cleaning of our bodies.
The benefits of asparagus are numerous. For example, it’s packed with antioxidants and nutrients. Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, beta-carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic-acid, iron, phosphorus, copper, potassium, selenium, manganese, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Asparagus is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds such as free radicals. This veggie may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, diabetes, kidney stones as well to include anti-aging properties. Asparagus is also a diuretic (helping reduce water weight in pregnant women).
Asparagus is rich in protein and fiber, but low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a wonderful addition to any meal or a great choice for a snack.
• My current fav is drizzling the fresh spears in olive oil or coconut oil, sprinkling with black pepper and parmesan cheese, and baking them on a cookie sheet. Yum!
• You can try grilling, baking, or sautéing this delicacy with anything such as a balsamic rub, a bit of garlic, butter, or just lemon.
• Try adding it to pasta, risotto, salad, soup, or much on it raw.
• And if you are brave, juice it for a wonderful energy boost! Try adding it to celery or carrot juice or for a sweet snack try just asparagus and green apple.