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Asparagus

The arrival of spring means that many vegetables and fruits are coming back into season. This is great news for anyone who is tired of the narrower selection of winter produce. One of the produce that’s a poster-child for spring is asparagus.

Green-stalked asparagus are the most common variety, but you might also see them in white and purple colors. The freshest asparagus will have firm stalks with tight tips. Before preparing them, snap of the drier, wider ends of the stalks and give them a good rinse.

Nutrition

Asparagus has about 40 calories in every 1 cup and is a good source of fiber, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. One of the most abundant nutrients in this vegetable is vitamin K which plays a role in bone density and blood clotting. Although calcium might be the most mentioned nutrient when it comes to bone health, other nutrients such as vitamin K work together with calcium to build strong bones.

A Funky Bunch

The funky smell detected in your urine after eating asparagus is completely normal. When our bodies break down the vegetable, a sulfuric compound results from digestion and is responsible for the odor change. Because sulfur-containing substances typically have a distinctive smell, asparagus that has gone through digestion is no exception.

Grill Once, Enjoy Many Way

There are endless delicious ways to enjoy asparagus. For a simple and beautiful side vegetable, grill fresh stalks over a grill or barbeque and serve along side the rest of your meal. If you’re trying to meal prep for the week, consider cooking extra asparagus while you have the grill on. The grilled stalks can be cut into segments and used in many ways such as adding to pastas, casseroles, omelets, or as a base for stir-fries later in the week.

We hope that you’re adding asparagus to your shopping list this week!

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2312/2

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-k/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-asparagus-makes-your-urine-smell-49961252/?no-ist