Every day brings hundreds of choices; mostly small and inconsequential – the white shirt or the red one – but others have the potential to effect real change. The food we choose is one of these. Incredibly empowering and can create a shift toward better health. The good news is that we are beginning to see a larger number of consumers educating themselves about food – how and where food is produced to choosing options that empower health and improve or prevent disease. Diseases can happen a meal at a time over a period of years. Our daily choices impact us long term. How are you choosing?

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Asparagus Love

Asparagus is a spring vegetable packed with detoxifying nutrients including an incredible source of selenium, folate and B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, protein, beta-carotene – nutrients that keep the body’s detoxification system running in tip-top shape. Asparagus is low in calories and sodium, plus contains a specific type of prebiotic fiber called inulin that feeds and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in our gut, another factor in healthy detoxification and overall health.

Asparagus is packed with nutrients and vitamins and is a healthy choice.

Asparagus has been used as a vegetable and medicine, owing to its delicate flavor, diuretic properties, and more with a long history going back as far as the first century. The ancient Greek physician Galen (prominent among the Romans) mentioned asparagus as a beneficial herb during the second century AD. Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus was such a fan that he organized elite military units to procure it for him – the famed Asparagus Fleets.

What better way to “spring clean” your body than with spring’s most celebrated vegetable?

Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1 bunch asparagus, approximately 1 pound, washed and ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon minced shallot
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Sea salt to taste

Steam asparagus over high heat until bright green and tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.

While asparagus is steaming, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, shallot, and thyme. Season with sea salt to taste.

Place asparagus on a platter, drizzle with vinaigrette, and serve.

Recipe from Natural Grocers

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