Asparagus Health Benefits & Yummy Recipes

Did you know that asparagus was used as a medicine in the ancient times? There are is a good reason for that; it is a superfood which contains several beneficial components having many positive impacts on health. It is among the healthiest vegetables having fantastic nutritional value.

It is rich in various vitamins, fiber and minerals plus it is low in calories. Hence, it can be a powerful part of a balanced diet.

Nutrition Facts

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Health Benefits of Asparagus

  • This vegetable is good for your skin since it contains a lot of vitamin A and other antioxidants. It also aids to get rid of warts.
  • Because it is rich in dietary fiber, it supports your digestive system and weight loss.
  • Asparagus spears contain various anti-inflammatory properties that lower the risk of diabetes 2 and heart diseases.
  • It is rich in antioxidants that have anti-aging effects.
  • It contains vitamin K that is important for blood clotting and well as for bones.asparagus-health-benefits
  • It has antiviral effects, so it is a natural remedy in case you have a flu, for example. It is especially beneficial against urinary tract infections.
  • It is a natural aphrodisiac.
  • Since it is rich in vitamin A is great for your eyes.
  • It is also rich in various B vitamins that regulate blood sugar level.
  • Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties reduce the risk of cancer.
    Asparagus hold a significant amount of folic acid that is highly recommended for pregnant mothers. This acid reduces the risk of neural-tube defects. It even helps nursing mothers to have more milk.
  • Natural remedy for kidney stones since this vegetable has diuretic effects. Several studies have proved that eating asparagus helps to get rid of the extra water from your body. That leads to lower blood pressure and detoxification.
  • It is an excellent source of iron that helps blood generation.
  • Because it is rich in fiber, it lowers your cholesterol.
  • Asparagus holds pretty much magnesium and potassium that are essential to proper neurotic functioning and help to get rid of muscle cramps.

And there are several other asparagus health benefits. Therefore, it is highly recommended to include this veggie in your eating plan.

 

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If you want to enjoy all the health benefits of asparagus, it is better to buy green spears and consume the stalk since it contains the most nutrients. The white spears are not as nutritious.

One reason people do not like it so much is the smell of urine. Why is that? From the following video, you can learn.

 

Asparagus Recipes

I like having asparagus steamed as this cooking process does not damage its beneficial contents, but there are various other ways to make delicious foods from it.

In the following list, I have collected many healthy recipes and tips how to cook this veggie.

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Asparagus Subzi - Vegetarian Recipe Video

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Asparagus Subzi - Vegetarian Recipe Video
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Preparing Asparagus for Healthy Cooking Recipes

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Preparing Asparagus for Healthy Cooking Recipes

Learn how to prepare asparagus before cooking it.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Parmesan cheese adds a salty, savory component to sweet, tender asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Garlicky Asparagus

This recipe will pull together in as much time as it takes to steam the asparagus. Just a few key ingredients make this a light and flavorful veggie side dish.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Garden-Fresh Asparagus Soup

Melt butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in curry powder, ginger, lemon zest and potatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in broth, coconut milk and asparagus.

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How to Grill Perfect Asparagus Every Time

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | How to Grill Perfect Asparagus Every Time

Learn how to grill asparagus perfectly in order to keep its flavor and nutrients.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

These prosciutto-wrapped bundles of grilled asparagus are a delicious addition to a spring brunch or elegant dinner.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes Recipe
  1. Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain. 2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture.
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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Asparagus Spears with Smoked Salmon Spirals

Use hearty asparagus spears for this easy appetizer. You can blanch the asparagus and combine the sour cream substitute, dill, and tarragon up to a day ahead and refrigerate separately.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Asparagus-Goat Cheese Soufflés

Fill a large skillet with 1 inch of hot water and bring to a boil. Add asparagus. Partially cover and cook the asparagus until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain; refresh under cold water. Blot the asparagus dry with a clean kitchen towel, then cut into 1/2-inch slices.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Marinated Asparagus Bundles Recipe

Thin asparagus spears work best in this elegant side dish.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Get a Steamer for Healhy Cooking Here

If you want to enjoy all the health benefits of the veggies the best cooking method is to steam them. You can buy a steamer at an affordable price. Visit the link for the best models.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Asparagus Pesto Recipe

Ingredients Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Add the asparagus and cook until fully tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well, reserving some of the cooking liquid, and let the asparagus cool slightly.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry

Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables, and this quick stir-fry made with chicken, lemon, garlic and ginger is a great way to make it a weeknight meal.

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Baked Asparagus Fries - Damn Delicious

A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Brain-Healthy Eating: Asparagus Soup Recipe

Asparagus in on the list as one of the ten best foods to eat for your brain health. And since Spring is the perfect time for it, we are making a delicious soup that you can serve piping hot or super chilled!

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Delicious and Healthy Asparagus Recipes | Recipe: Miso-Roasted Asparagus Soba Noodle Salad - Healthy Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

So how is this salad special? First, it's asparagus season and I've been itching to work in a cold noodle salad using fresh asparagus. The sauce I use here is packed with flavor thanks to the miso, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey — it's used to roast the asparagus as well as season the salad itself.

 

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