Asparagus are one of my all time favorite vegetable for a number of different reasons, yes they make your pee smell, which I am not going to lie….I kinda like it. But there are a number of health benefits to eating asparagus as well, I have listed some here below I “borrowed these from http://www.eatingwell.com:
- It’s loaded with nutrients: Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
- This herbaceous plant—along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts—is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
- Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, ranking among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.
- Another anti-aging property of this delicious spring veggie is that it may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12—found in fish, poultry, meat and dairy—to help prevent cognitive impairment. In a study from Tufts University, older adults with healthy levels of folate and B12 performed better on a test of response speed and mental flexibility.
- One more benefit of asparagus: It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body’s tissues) and those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases.
What I used:
1- bussel of asparagus
1- cup of balsamic
1- 1/2 panko breadcrumbs (adds a nice crunch)
1- 1/2 cup good Olive oil
Seasonings: adobo, garlic salt, adobo, black pepper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Step 2: Cut the tips (whitish part) off the end of the asparagus
Step 3: In a baking dish toss asparagus w/ spices, oil and balsamic
Step 4: Arrange nicely on baking dish and sprinkle w. Panko bread crumbs
Step 5: Place in 400 degree oven and roast for 30-45 minutes until tops are almost burnt
Step 6: Drizzle w/ balsamic glaze (recipe in another post)