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Healthy Living: Asparagus


It’s finally spring, when the new crops of vegetables start to appear. Springtime is peak season for one of my favorites – asparagus.I literally cannot eat enough of these green stalks (or yellow, if you buy the“white” variety). Apparently that’s a good thing, because asparagus is super-duper healthy.

First of all, it’s a great source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that helps process glucose.

Secondly, it’s high in glutathione, a compound that breaks down carcinogens and free radicals.  Long words short: eating asparagus helps protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.

Asparagus is rich in antioxidants. Who doesn’t love to slow the aging process?

It’s a natural diuretic.

It’s packed with B12 and folate. Asparagus is brain food too!

Tarragon Steamed Asparagus
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 lb asparagus, woody stalks snapped off
1 cup tarragon vinegar
1 cup water

Directions:
Remove bottoms of stalks of asparagus. Using a peeler, lightly peel stalks lengthwise.

Combine tarragon vinegar and water in the bottom of a large pot or saucepan. Place asparagus in a steamer basket, above liquid level.

Cover. Bring to a boil.

Steam asparagus for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve immediately. The tarragon vinegar infuses the asparagus with a light, woody flavor.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 35, Calories from Fat: 1, Total Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 5 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars; 2  g, Protein; 3 g

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