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28Mar, 24
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Asparagus Health Benefits + 12 Recipes

Asparagus is in season now! It’s BEST from late March to June, so now is a great time to get creative with this veggie.

Also, here’s a fun trivia fact: these little green (or white and purple) stalks are actually part of the lily family. They’re also super tasty and incredibly nutrient-dense.

Asparagus are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, disease-fighting antioxidants, and fiber, making them full of health benefits. 

Here are only 5 health benefits of asparagus:

Blood Clotting & Bone Health

Vitamin K helps blood clot properly and is crucial for bone health! Some studies show this vitamin helps protect against bone fractures, produces bone-related proteins, and regulates bone resorption.

So, consuming foods high in vitamin K is essential for avoiding uncontrolled bleeding after an injury. (If you have any worries, like if you’re taking blood thinning medications like warfarin, be sure to talk to your doctor about which foods are safe for you).

Promote Digestion & Gut Health

Asparagus also contains inulin, which becomes a food source for good and healthy gut bacteria. As a soluble fiber, inulin helps promote regular bowel movements and prevent constipation.

Additionally, asparagus is full of fiber, which fuels gut bacteria, helps your body digest food, and absorbs important nutrients. If you want to read more about how gut health is vital for overall health, check out this post.

Blood Pressure Control

Fiber has many other benefits, including the regulation of cholesterol, which can cause heart disease and other problems. Plus, the potassium in asparagus can help lower cholesterol and regulate your heartbeat. 

Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin E assist the body in fighting off “free radicals,” or oxygen particles that cells produce as waste. Free radicles can damage cells and raise the risk of diseases, so eating antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods like asparagus helps reduce the risk of chronic health problems.

Support Prenatal Health

Finally, asparagus is great for prenatal health! A single serving provides a third of your daily allowance of folic acid (vitamin B9), which is an important nutrient that helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects during pregnancy. Folic acid helps prevent anemia, tingling hands and feet, and even birth defects!

Keep in mind that the FDA regulates folic acid supplements, and their effects vary from person to person, so always talk to your doctor before taking it or any other supplement! Always talk to your healthcare provider about any worries during pregnancy.

As you can see, asparagus is a TOTAL POWERHOUSE for nutrition!

Not only that, it’s very versatile and beautiful to add to all of your Spring & Summer meals!

Here are 12 delicious recipes to choose from:

1. Quick Pan-Steam Method for Asparagus

This is one of the simplest ways I know to cook asparagus! It really removes the intimidation and any barriers like time and energy keeping you from eating healthy.

Definitely try this because if you like it, then it’ll be a staple in your house!

2. Asparagus + Quinoa with Bacon & Fresh Spinach Salad

Bright, beautiful, fresh, green, all the things you want for a tasty spring salad! There’s a nutty, healthier appeal thanks to the quinoa, and the crumbled bacon only adds to the appeal!

Topped with tangy, super-delicious homemade dressing, this salad is sure to become a favorite.

3. Asparagus & Sun-dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Skillet

This skillet is one of my all-time favorites in the Springtime. It’s also super popular among the children. It has all the nutrients of asparagus plus the protein and flavor of the stuffed chicken! 

Clean Eats Asparagus & Sun-dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Skillet

4. Roasted Tomato + Asparagus Egg Breakfast Bake

Despite how easy this breakfast bake is, it’s still super impressive! If you’re entertaining in the future and need to feed a crowd, then this will be a lifesaver for the crowded mornings. Be sure to double the recipe if needed!

Roasted Tomato Asparagus Egg Bake Clean Eating

5. Baked Sea Bass + Asparagus

Buttery, delicious, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth, lemony, white fish! Each fish has its own nutritional makeup… but they’re all a nutrient-dense source of protein and micronutrients that contain very few calories.

6. 15-Minute Chicken + Asparagus Stir Fry

Here’s a super quick recipe for those nights you don’t have the time or energy for anything more than an easy 15-minute, highly nutritious (and tasty) meal. It’s also excellent for Meal Prep and refrigerates well for 3-4 days.

7. Grilled Asparagus Salad

I absolutely adore chopped veggie salads. That’s pretty obvious because we sure have a lot of them here on the CFC website.

Our Grilled Asparagus Salad takes it all up a notch! If you’re looking for a dish to bring to that BBQ that’ll impress, this is it.

8. Asparagus + Tomato Frittata

When spring rolls around, this frittata starts showing up on our household menu more and more often! It’s such a great weekend breakfast, full of taste, nutrients, and protein. 

Eat Clean Asparagus + Tomato Frittata

9. Asparagus + Egg Toast

As you can see, I’m a big fan of the asparagus and egg combo. So, of course, I decided to get creative with this breakfast recipe. Thankfully, it turned out perfectly! 

Clean Asparagus Egg Toast Breakfast Recipe

10. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

I know many people aren’t sold on enjoying bacon in moderation, but I enjoy a good nitrate-free, high-quality bacon a few times each month as a special treat.

This is such a quick and easy recipe you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before! Word of caution to those who try this recipe: It’s highly addictive! 

11. Mustard Garlic Chicken + Chickpeas & Fresh Asparagus

If you have a busy spring ahead of you, then be sure to save this recipe. It’s great for meal prepping, so you can prepare it in advance and save yourself time and energy in the future! Then you’ll have a colorful and delicious quick dinner.

Sheet Pan Mustard Garlic Chicken + Chickpeas + Fresh Asparagus

12. Asparagus Summer Salad

I wanted to end with another beautiful chopped salad that’s fantastic for spring AND summer. It’s filled with nutrients, not only from the asparagus but also the arugula, squash, cucumber, and more! Feel free to get creative and make this salad your own—tailored to your tastes! 

So, what do you think? Do you like asparagus? What’s your favorite way to enjoy this veggie?

Let me know in the comments below! 

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