I’ve always enjoyed a juicy piece of steak with blanched veggies on the side – and nothing blends perfectly well with a meaty dinner than the succulence and tenderness of asparagus spears.
Oddly enough, asparagus is considered to be part of the lily family – making leeks, onions and garlic its close ‘cousins’. This mildly flavored veggie is rich in vitamins A, B, C and K. It is also an excellent source of dietary fibers, protein, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc and calcium.
The list of the health benefits provided by asparagus does not end there. The folate content of asparagus helps improve your cardiovascular system. When you combine this with the fact that asparagus is also a great source of dietary fibers – you have the makings of one really heart-friendly veggie.
In addition, asparagus is a natural diuretic, it helps with the detoxification process of the body, it helps clean the gastrointestinal tract, helps prevent birth defects, it has antioxidant properties and it helps rid the body of any excess water.
Use asparagus with your favorite soup, vegetable or main dish recipe and experience its truly astonishing health benefits.