Asparagus: Smell Ya Later!

Doctors Office:

A guy walks into the doctor’s office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, an asparagus stalk in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly.” 

source: http://www.jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/foodjokes/asparagusjokes.html

 

Remember as kids we used to think that all these green vegetables were in the YUCK category? I was one of the fussiest eaters ever as a child. Thanksgiving was full of pizza and grilled cheese and it was a chore to get me to try, let alone eat anything healthy. As I’ve grown up I have moved from the children’s table and now eat like a grown up as much as I can. Asparagus, one of the vegetables on my 10 most hated list, is now one of my favorites, and for good reason too.

Asparagus is a nutritionally balanced plant-derived food that is low in cholesterol, fat, and sodium, but full of flavor. For those of you looking to lose weight and stay on the health train, this is a must have vegetable in your arsenal. This long stemmed vegetable is high in Vitamins and nutrients that have amazing benefits for your body.

 

The line-up:

Vitamins:

A: Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly

C: A water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant, it helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin.

E: it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals

K: A vitamin that is most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, vitamin K is also absolutely essential to building strong bones, preventing heart disease, and crucial part of other bodily processes

B6: This helps support adrenal function, helps calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and are necessary for key metabolic processes

Asparagus is also a good source of;

Folate, Iron, Protein, Copper, Calcium, and Fiber

 

Here are some AWESOME facts about Asparagus.

-As stated above, it is low in calories, but high in fiber, which will keep you satiated. When we are full we will eat less and that is an awesome ally in the weight loss war.

-It is an anti-oxidant and helps fight free radicals such as cancer.

-Sure it makes your pee smell,IMG_0595but when it comes to fighting that bloating feeling, asparagus is your wingman. The veggie helps promote overall digestive health (because of the fiber). And thanks to prebiotics—carbohydrates that can’t be digested help encourage a healthy balance of good bacteria, or probiotics, in your digestive track—it can also reduce gas. Plus, as a natural diuretic, asparagus helps flush excess liquid, combating belly bulge. Bam, bloating gone!

-Is it date night? You may want to consider adding asparagus to your evening menu. Asparagus is a natural aphrodisiac thanks to vitamin B6 and folate, which help put you in the mood. Plus, vitamin E stimulates sex hormones, which elevates estrogen in women and testosterone in men. (Bam chicka wow wow)

The most common type of asparagus is green, but you might see two others in supermarkets and restaurants: white, which is more delicate and difficult to harvest, and purple, which is smaller and fruitier in flavor. No matter the type you choose, asparagus is a tasty, versatile vegetable that can be cooked in a myriad of ways or enjoyed raw in salads. Bottom line; get asparagus into your diet.Food-KitchenWise-White-Aspa

Finally, keep in mind these cooking tips to preserve antioxidants and keep your preparation healthy:

 

Top 5:  Asparagus Tip(s):  What foods I like to pair Asparagus with.

FullSizeRender 38  Chicken

FullSizeRender 39Steak

IMG_0597Pork

FullSizeRender 40Salmon

IMG_0596Wrapping it in bacon, spinach and cheese a.k.a Bacon wrapped Asparagus (YUM!)

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