It’s delicious, sexy, (yes, its aphrodisiac qualities are legendary), it’s affordable, and in season right now. What’s not to love? But did you know it’s also one of the most nutritious foods you can eat?
Here are just a few of the health-related reasons you should be eating more asparagus:
1. It’s Chock Full of Vitamins
Asparagus boasts a nice resume of vitamins, from folate to fiber to Vitamins A, C, K, and E. Pretty good for such a skinny little vegetable!
2. It’s an Antioxidant Powerhouse
Asparagus ranks high among vegetables for its antioxidant range — from detoxifying compounds to those that will stave off free radicals, asparagus is an antioxidant winner! It also boasts a wealth of minerals such as zinc, manganese, and selenium.
3. It Keeps Your Brain Strong
All the folate in asparagus will likely help you to keep cognitive issues at bay. Folate works together with B12 in the body to help prevent brain impairments, so keep eating up on the asparagus as you age!
4. It’s Anti-Inflammatory
According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “it’s not surprising to see asparagus being heralded as an anti-inflammatory food because it provides a truly unique combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Among these anti-inflammatory nutrients are asparagus saponins, including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin.” And anti-inflammatory anything is great for your body — so eat on!
5. It Provides Great Digestive Support
This stuff is digestive magic. As World’s Healthiest Foods explains: “asparagus contains significant amounts of the nutrient inulin. Inulin is a unique type of carbohydrate called a polyfructan, and in practical terms, healthcare practitioners often refer to it as a ‘prebiotic.’ Unlike most other carbs, inulin doesn’t get broken down in the first segments of our digestive tract. It passes undigested all the way to our large intestine. Once it arrives at our large intestine, it becomes an ideal food source for certain types of bacteria (like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli) that are associated with better nutrient absorption, lower risk of allergy, and lower risk of colon cancer.”
To get asparagus back on your shopping list and cooking radar (and ramp up your love life in the process), here are 5 recipe ideas that cannot fail to uplift:
1. Creamy Rotini Alfredo with Asparagus and Peas
Do you desire to make someone go weak at the knees? Try serving up this creamy alfredo asparagus pasta dish for maximum impact. The object of your passion will feel the love and the effort that goes into preparing this Italian masterpiece. Asparagus, peas, and scallions get the full rich creamy sauce treatment in this heart-stirring and eye-catching recipe. Rich, warming, and distinctly provocative if romance is on your mind!
2. Lemon Tarragon Asparagus
“The finest texture and the strongest and yet most delicate taste is in the tips,” according to Wikipedia, “The points d’amour (“love tips”) were served as a delicacy to Madame de Pompadour.” The official mistress of Louis XV in mid-18th century France may well have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Tarragon Asparagus.
Savor all the bare-naked beauty that asparagus has to offer by adding just a touch of the freshest ingredients: tarragon, chopped chives, garlic, olive oil, and a drizzle of lemon or lime juice.
3. Asparagus and Saffron Biryani
Saffron, one of the most expensive and elusive of spices, adds a beautiful golden color and that perfect touch of sophistication and come-hither flavor to this Indian rice classic. Savor every mouthful of this Asparagus and Saffron Biryani delight.
4. Vegan Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto
Thyme is the herb of choice in this rich Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto recipe that teams spinach in with this impossible-to-resist Arborio rice classic. Fresh mint and dill are other perfect choices to accompany this temptress of an ingredient.
5. Skillet Asparagus & Tomato Medley
Thyme, lemon, garlic, and Himalayan salt add zest to this early summer breakfast that is certain to be remembered. It’s a quick and simple fry-up for maximum delight. Have it on its own or make a bunch of it by serving over a bed of beans or fragrant grains such as basmati rice.
Need yet more inspiration? Browse through more mouth-watering asparagus recipes here.
Here’s to asparagus lovers everywhere! What do you love about asparagus? Share your gourmet secrets in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!
Lead image source: Skillet Asparagus Tomato Medley