One of the first foods that signals the start of spring is the appearance fresh greens! A gem in particular that I love is asparagus at my local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Just as spring is a time of new beginnings, asparagus is one of those veggies that I love to experiment with during this time of year. Below is one experiment example, asparagus vichyssoise – but before we go there, I want you to know WHY asparagus is so awesome.
Check this out: 7 powerful health benefits of asparagus you probably didn’t know (from WebMD):
1. Asparagus is a good source of fiber and protein, both essential for good digestion and immunity.
2. It contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that protect you from type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
3. It has antioxidants, including one called glutathione, which is known to protect the skin from sun damage, pollution and the effects of aging.
4. The Vitamin K in asparagus is excellent for healthy blood clotting and strengthening bones.
5. Asparagus contains a unique carb called inulin, which remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine, where it helps to absorb nutrients better, and cut the risk of colon cancer.
6.Good news for those struggling to manage their blood sugar: asparagus is a rich source of B vitamins, which are known to regulate blood sugar levels.
7. Green asparagus contains vitamin A for better vision, potassium for smooth kidney functioning, and trace minerals that help boost immunity.
Now as promised, here’s my asparagus vichyssoise … Drumroll please……
Recipe: Asparagus Vichyssoise