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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


  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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  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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