Sunday, May 20, 2012

Asparagus, Super Food!

by Kris Pitcher

This is a vegetable I LOVE! I seriously love asparagus and it is in peak season. Find it fresh at your local market and enjoy! But did you know it has lots of great, even super, benefits?

It contains glutathiane, a cancer fighting power house. Asparagus has more of it than any other fruit or vegetable, bragger...and it helps your body absorb nutrients.

One cup has 40 calories, 4 gm protein, and 4 gm fiber. This veggie keeps you feeling full! When you feel fuller longer, you have less chance of over eating. Fiber and protein in veggies?! How smart is that!

Asparagus also has heart healthy folic acid. It's full of great stuff. I bet you already knew it's a natural diuretic too. Go on, smell your pee...

The skinny ones are old, and the fat ones are young stalks. The younger stalks tend to be more tender. It's easy to prepare. Simply wash it and snap the ends where they naturally break. Then you can grill it, steam it, stir fry name it.

You want to look for bunches with buds that are tightly closed. And did you know white asparagus has just been given a sunshade? It has a more mild taste than the green stalks.

Packed with nutrients, fiber and protein asparagus is a spring time favorite. Super food? Get a bunch, you decide!

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