All Hail Asparagus!

Happy Monday folks!

I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day!  Apparently, mothers aren't the only ones getting love in May.  It turns out that May is National Asparagus month!  Well, according to Natural Awakenings Magazine this is the case.  Well, as much as I love asparagus, whether it's true or not, I don't mind celebrating it!

Asparagus is made up of 93% water and is very low in calories and sodium. It is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc.  Additionally it is a very good source of dietary fiber,  vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. It also contains chromium which is a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

When buying fresh asparagus you want to choose odorless asparagus stalks with tight and dry tips.  You can store it by refrigerating it up to four days by wrapping the ends of the stalks in a wet paper towel and placing them in a plastic bag.

 Oftentimes I buy frozen asparagus and prepare them by drizzling with some olive oil and adding a touch of himalayan pink sea salt and pepper and roasting them in the oven.  I eat them as a side dish or have mixed them in with pasta and other veggies.  There are many things you can do with this nutritional powerhouse!

This Vegan Asparagus Soup recipe from Vegan Raw Diet has few ingredients and looks very simple to make!  Enjoy and give asparagus some love this month!

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SOURCES: fruitsandveggiesmorematters, wikipedia