Superfood of the Week: Asparagus

AsparagusAsparagus is one of those foods many people are afraid to try because it looks like it has a weird texture. But, weird can be good!

Maybe you just wouldn’t know what to do with asparagus if you brought it home, but there are plenty of ways to add asparagus to your family’s menu!

Why It’s Good For You

  • Contains fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, E, K
  • It has cancer-fighting properties! It contains a detoxifying compound that helps to break down carcinogens.
  • Anti-aging antioxidants – say that ten times fast!
  • It’s a natural diuretic-flush out your urinary tract and excess salt (bonus for high-blood pressure relief)!

Source: Cheryl Forberg’s (RD) incredibly informative article at EatingWell.com
Photo by: Flickr user Mundoo (aka Vicki)

How To Work It Into Your Meals

Boiling is the common way to cook asparagus, and it’s really easy to just toss a bundle into a pot and boil it while you work on the main entree on the dinner menu. However, I enjoy roasted asparagus – the crispy ends of the spears add a delightful crunch that boiling is never going to give you. Luckily, oven-roasting asparagus is just as easy as boiling it!

Another easy way to do it: if you’re doing a pot roast or a chicken in the oven, or cooking something in the slow cooker, throw some sliced asparagus in with the carrots, potatoes, and onions you probably already use. It’ll add some nice color and a new flavor to your dinner!

Want a quick easy recipe for asparagus? This one is fast, simple, and you probably have all the ingredients already!

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About Jessica

I'm a writer, blogger, and just your average gal trying to live a healthy, happy life. I'm no expert, but my knowledge comes firsthand from my own dieting, exercise, and overall wellness experiences. Tweet me @cultivate happy!

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