Vegetable Spotlight! 🌽
ASPARAGUS - you either love it, or you don’t. Asparagus happens to be one of my favorite vegetables to use in dishes, so I wanted to start with this unsung hero.
I repeat, eating asparagus alone will not magically make you lose 10 pounds or allow you to meet the man of your dreams, or buy that Porsche you’ve always wanted, in the same way that brownies are not a husband-repellent or the source of all your problems. Both are JUST FOOD.
That being said, our bodies do need vitamins and minerals for optimal function, and one of the ways we can get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals (that are bioavailable, meaning we can easily absorb and use them) is through vegetables.
Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. Vitamin A is important for immune function, vision, and reproduction. Vitamin C is involved in the biosynthesis of collagen (think joints, tendons, ligaments, and healing of wounds), and both Vitamins C, K, and B6 are essential for proper protein metabolism (which is important for the building of all cells, not just muscle cells). Vitamin E helps to protect cells from free radicals.
Asparagus also contains minerals that are really important to our bodily functions. It contains iron and copper, which help to build adequate blood supply, and calcium, which helps to build bones and with blood clotting functions.
This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully it shows you the importance of getting adequate vitamin and mineral intake.
Preparing asparagus is super easy, and it goes well with a lot of different flavor combinations. My favorite way to eat asparagus right now is sautéed or baked in the oven, and tossed with a quick sauce of olive oil/melted butter, herbs de Provence, salt, and apple cider vinegar or mustard, combined with a teaspoon of honey). Like it spicy? Sprinkle red pepper flakes on before you serve.
Do you like asparagus? Do you have a favorite way to cook it? Tell me in the comments below!