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  • Writer's picturePhilippa Evans

Veggie of the moment - Awesome asparagus!

These little green spears of goodness are packed with nutrients and make a delicious addition to many meals. They’re super easy and quick to cook, so now they are in season why not add them to your shopping basket!

Asparagus is an excellent source of Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for bone formation and blood clotting – helping to heal wounds. It’s also high in folate (Vitamin B9) which can’t be made in the body so needs to be obtained through food. Folate helps the body form healthy red blood cells, helps form DNA and RNA and is needed for protein metabolism.

It’s full of antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, flavonoids and polyphenols. These help to strengthen your immune system and protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals and toxins. Asparagus is also a good source of fibre, particularly insoluble fibre, which is great for keeping your digestive system healthy.

Like many other vegetables, asparagus has a high water content, helping to avoid dehydration which can contribute to feeling sluggish, and can impair mood, memory and brain performance.

Lastly it’s easy to prepare and cook, and can be added to many dishes you might already make – stir fries, omelettes, pastas and salads. Sauté, steam, or grill to get the most nutritional benefit.

Why not try this easy and delicious Asparagus Omelette from BBC Good Food

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