Weekly Veggie Update: Asparagus

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This veggie update is all about asparagus; those weird, green stemmy things that show up during this time of the year. Why should you try them? Keep reading!

What’s so great about them? Asparagus has some crazy health benefits. It doesn’t get digested at the first stage of of digestion and feeds some great bacteria in your large intestine. Cool, eh? It also has anti-inflammatory properties that regulate blood sugar and promote healthy hearts. There’s some crazy research around leukemia and asparagus but that’s still really unclear.

Also, if you have the gene for it, it will make your urine smell very funny.

Are they easy to grow? According to the Vegetable Gardner, making the bed is the most important part because asparagus can grow up to 20 years (it’s a perennial plant!)

What do I do with them? Omg, what can’t you do with them? Throw them in a saute with potatoes, mushrooms, ramps, and olive oil. Roast them. Shave them into ribbons for a salad. Cut off the woody part of the stem and just go to town.

Okay, where can I find them? Supermarkets, small groceries, farmers’ markets- you can find purple, green, and white asparagus at some of any of these places. They run for about $4-6/lb or $5 for a bunch.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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