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Spring Superfood Spotlight: Asparagus

For optimal health, eat and live by the seasons! From winter to summer, each season has different energy, properties and healing foods. Spring represents renewal, regeneration and new beginnings. Temperatures are warmer, days are longer and the sun is stronger. Plants start to bloom, animals come out of hibernation and humans have a new sense of energy and motivation.

Highlights:

  • Eating seasonally supports total body health. In spring, green is in – leafy greens, peas, artichokes, asparagus, microgreens and sprouts are just a few of the seasonal foods to include in your repertoire this season.
  • Asparagus is a low-starch vegetable and natural diuretic that fights bloating and promotes urinary, bladder and kidney health.
  • B vitamins and glutathione are powerful nutrients in asparagus that energize, detoxify and help fight hangovers.
  • Our Everyday Detox Cleanse Soup is chock full of spring asparagus, leek and peas. Stop in our Kitchen Market to purchase Monday through Friday, from 9am – 6pm.

With the spring harvest, all things green take the spotlight – leafy greens, peas, artichokes, asparagus, microgreens, sprouts, etc. The abundance of asparagus, a surefire indication of spring, is anticipated by many. This universally appealing vegetable is easy to prepare, widely available and jam-packed with nutrients.

Asparagus is a low-starch, low-calorie vegetable, diuretic and prebiotic, and is great for liver detoxification. It’s available in three different varieties – green, white and purple. Each provides different nutrients: energizing chlorophyll in the green variety, cholesterol-lowering rutin in white and anti-aging anthocyanins in purple. White asparagus tends to the mildest in flavor, and purple, which turns green when cooked, is slightly fruity.

In our opinion, asparagus is one of the top superfoods of the spring season! It’s packed with B vitamins including folate. These water-soluble vitamins energize the body, support brain health, promote memory, boost the metabolism, balance blood sugar and help regulate hormones. Folate, otherwise known as B9, is one of the most crucial nutrients for pregnancy, and is essential for brain development and neurological function. However, B vitamins are rapidly depleted with stress, intense workouts, caffeine and alcohol consumption; therefore, the more vitamin B-rich foods you can add in, the better you’ll feel and function throughout even the busiest of days.

Aside from its B vitamins, asparagus is anti-inflammatory and comes with an impressive list of health benefits. A natural diuretic, asparagus fights bloating, high blood pressure, edema and urinary tract infections (UTIs). It’s also a great source of Vitamin K and minerals that help strengthen the heart, arteries and bones, and its high levels of inulin (a prebiotic fiber) support good gut bacteria balance and healthy digestion.

Furthermore, asparagus is a great hangover remedy! Eat this veggie before drinking alcohol or the morning after to replace electrolytes and B vitamins while supporting the liver with glutathione – the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier of every cell that fights inflammation, DNA damage and signs of aging.

Ever wonder why your urine has a foul odor after eating asparagus? You can blame asparagusic acid, a sulfur compound provided by asparagus that emits an odor when it leaves the body. Although the odor may seem offensive, sulfur compounds contained in foods such as asparagus, cabbage, garlic and onions account for a large chunk of their health benefits!

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Incorporating more of this spring superfood into your diet is easy, as asparagus can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways. Ribbons and thin slices are great add-ins to spring fresh salads and soup. Whole stalks tossed in avocado oil, Celtic sea salt, garlic and lemon can be grilled, roasted or sautéed for a healthy side. Alternatively, add asparagus to frittatas or a stir fry for a pop of color, flavor and texture.

Whether you are hungover, bloated, stressed or simply looking to increase energy and brain power, call on asparagus! The B vitamins, antioxidants and fiber provided by this mild spring veggie will help fill nutritional gaps, leaving you feeling more alert, vibrant and balanced. Don’t want to cook? Stop in our Kitchen Market (open Monday – Friday, from 9am – 6pm) to purchase our Everyday Detox Cleanse Soup chock full of spring asparagus, leek and peas. Bon appétit!

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