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Food of the Month: Asparagus

What is it?

Asparagus is a member of the lily family and is one of springs first arrivals.  It comes in the various colors of green, purple or white.

Health Benefits:

  • Vitamin K (enough to meet your daily requirements in 4 spears) which is important in blood clotting and bone health
  • Antioxidant carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Protein 43% of calories are from protein
  • Folate
  • Glutathione one of the body’s best cancer fighters

Storage:

  1. Keep the rubber band on to hold the bunch together, and trim an inch off the ends of the asparagus.
  2. Stand the asparagus up in a glass or jar with about an inch or two of water, making sure all the ends are sitting in the water. We’ve found that a 2-cup measuring cup is a great container.
  3. Loosely cover the asparagus with a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the water looks cloudy, just change it as needed.

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Uses:

  1. Saute in a veggie stir fry
  2. Grill with a little olive oil, salt and pepper
  3. Roast in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper

Asparagus is such a fantastic spring vegetable!  Try this fresh and easy recipe for Lemony Asparagus from Cookie and Kate!

 

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