“Eating seasonally is important, and carries benefits to your health, the planet, and your wallet.” – Alan Henry via Lifehacker
With seasonal eating in mind, we’ve put together a 5 part series filled with tips, tricks, recipes and more to help you make the most of this glorious Spring bounty. Follow along as we play with our food, and don’t forget to join the conversation on our Facebook Group.
Asparagus, both white and green varieties, contain vitamin K. This family of chemically related substances collectively allows your blood to clot normally, protects your bones from fracture and postmenopausal bone loss, helps prevent calcification of the arteries, and provides possible protection against liver and prostate cancer. Research continues to evaluate the possibilities of vitamin K’s role in protecting against oxidative damage, regulating the body’s inflammatory response, and how it supports the brain and nervous system.
When shopping for asparagus, look for closed tips, thin stems and fresh looking bottoms. Thicker stems may require peeling to remove the fibrous outer layer. Rinse carefully and chop off the dried bottoms of each stem prior to cooking or eating.
Oh, and if you’re one of the 40% of the population with a specific genetic marker… yes, asparagus pee is a totally normal phenomenon. Truly!
–Great Asparagus Eats–
Grain Free Asparagus Benedict (Against All Grain)
Savory Asparagus Flan (Jan’s Sushi Bar)
Shrimp & Asparagus Zoodle Pasta (eating bird food)
Avocado Asparagus Gaspacho (Nutrition Stripped)
Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet (Primavera Kitchen)
Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (Chowhound)
Crunchy Asparagus Fries (naked avocado)
Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan Friendly, AIP, GAPS