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Meatless Monday August 25 2014 tips

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asparagus

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Asparagus

Asparagus is a vegetable I love to hate. Asparagus is a very important vegetable. It is available all year and is at its best in the

spring. Asparagus is high in vitamin C, folate, thiamin, and high in fiber. It comes in various colors. The white asparagus is

expensive and considered the delicacy of asparagus. Asparagus is sold in bundles and has a long stem. It can be stored for

about 3 days in the refrigerator. Bend the stem to remove the tough ends to reveal the fresh tender portion. The tough portion

is hard to chew. That stem can be added if used after purchase to your green smoothies.

Green smoothie made from :

Asparagus stem ends

½ cup green beans

½ cup strawberries

½ bananas

1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)

2 teaspoon peanut butter

1 cup water

2 tablespoons Hershey syrup

1 package of stevia

Blend the mixture until smooth and add 1 cup of ice. This is very Yummy. Add a dash of instant coffee and you have a green

Coolata . This is very good with no after taste. The asparagus is totally delicious no telling there is a vegetable in this smoothie.

Powerful Benefits

It contains chromium a powerful mineral which enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into

cells.

Asparagus is an herbaceous plant just as Brussels sprouts, kale and avocado. They contain a detoxifying compound which

breaks down carcinogens. Eating asparagus can help fight against cancers bone cancer and breast cancer. Asparagus is

ranked high among fruits and vegetables due to its ability to neutralize cell damaging free radicals (eatwell.com).

Anti- aging – asparagus helps fight helps the brain fight cognitive decline. It has folate which works with B-12 in fish and poultry. For those who are over 50 B-12 decreases with age. Some research has been proven that adults with healthy levels of

folate and B-12 have better mental flexibility(eatwell.com).

Asparagus can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. The purple has the best flavor.

Try some sautéed asparagus served with baked salmon and potato. You can learn to love this vegetable and it is good for your

health.