While contemplating how to carry on with the blog, I received a message from a trusted source inviting me to sample the new asparagus dishes at Noodles & Company. Be certain to try them soon because these dishes will only be available while asparagus is in season (during the Spring season).
I invited by Gemini Twin to come along and together we sampled a few dishes where asparagus was the featured ingredient. Before moving into the experience, let us first delve into the benefits of asparagus.
What is asparagus?
Believe it or not some of us are unable to identify a vegetable if we saw it. I will admit that at some point, asparagus was one that I could not identify. Now easily recognizable by its spear shape, I have learned to welcome this vegetable into my diet. While I have yet to cook it myself, the day is coming soon.
According to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board, asparagus is “…a nutrient-dense food which in [is] high in folic acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin.” In addition to these positive characteristics, asparagus also boasts a few anti-carcinogenic properties as well. This is key in a world where we often have to question the integrity of our food growth practices.
Taking a look at the high levels of nutrients in asparagus, we have already learned from past posts that vitamin A is also nicknamed the beauty vitamin and can be found in more of your orange-colored fruits and vegetables. We are talking increased skin elasticity and more with vitamin A! The high level of folic acid (a B vitamin) alone aids in proper cell growth, protein use and production. Hair and nails are primarily comprised of protein! Start from the inside and reap the benefits completely!
Thanks to the folks at Noodles & Company, we explored some wonderfully creative meal ideas utilizing asparagus. Some are actually rather simple and can be easily duplicated (somewhat that is) at home.