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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Asparagus

This is one of my favorite vegetables and as I just found out that it is a very healthy one as well.

Even though asparagus are grown in the Netherlands, especially in the area where I grew up, they were never cheap. The only time they were affordable was in asparagus season and everyone took advantage of that time of year. Eat all you can, while you can!

Sometimes referred to as the aristocrat of vegetables, a serving of asparagus (five spears, 93g) has only 21 calories and is an excellent source of folate and vitamin K, and a good source of vitamins A and C.

Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce the risk of heart disease, fractures and certain birth defects.

Asparagus is also a Prebiotic Superfood because it's a top source of inulin, a fiber that is indigestible by humans, but selectively nourishing to good gut bacteria, that line our intestinal tract, thereby protecting against food-borne viruses like E.Coli.

It's best to consume asparagus spears the day you buy them, since flavor and vitamins tend to diminish the longer you keep them. But if you need to store your asparagus overnight, cut off the ends and place the stalks upright in a bowl of water in the refrigerator.

Asparagus is great steamed, or tossed in oil and roasted on the grill. For another tasty option try "Cream" of Asparagus and Pea Soup.
Source: Dole Food Facts.


My mom used to boil them with a little salt and serve them with either melted butter or just plain. I like to serve them with melted butter, ham and hard boiled eggs both diced and sliced thin.

Here is a tip to use asparagus as a party snack:
A can of asparagus
1 pack of sliced ham (square or round, whatever you like)

Drain the asparagus and take two spears at the time, roll them in a slice of ham and arrange on a plate. It is an easy, but very tasty snack which takes hardly any time to fix.

It turns out, that healthy food for the body can be very tasty as well. Let us not overlook to feed our minds and souls with healthy food as well. The Bible is the only source that provides us with everything we need and even then some.

John 6:27
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."

2 Comments:

Blogger Missy said...

Mmmm... One of my favorites, Corry! Try this sometime with some of the larger stemmed fresh bunches: lay flat on baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil, broil in the oven until slightly browned, sprinkle with a little lemon juice and parmesean cheese, eat. The best.

June 04, 2009 7:36 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Missy,
Thanks for the recipe, it sounds delicious.:-D

God's Grace.

June 04, 2009 8:34 AM  

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