Asparagus is loaded with antioxidants, fibre, Vitamins A, C, E, K and chromium. Chromium helps to improve insulin’s ability to transport glucose, making it very beneficial to those with Blood Sugar issues or Diabetes. AND this nutrient powerhouse helps break down carcinogens and fight free radical damage.

If that’s not enough to convince you to eat more asparagus, it’s also a versatile vegetable for those interested in losing weight. This low carb vegetable will add flavour and fibre to your meal, helping to keep you feeling full longer, while it’s natural diuretic properties will help your body rid of excess salts and retained water.

A simple way to enjoy asparagus is by roasting it in the oven!

DSC_0424You will need:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 0.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F. Hold an asparagus piece in both hands and bend until it snaps to see how much of the woody stem you should cut off. Then trim other pieces to that length and cut asparagus into pieces, about 3 inches long, if you like. Or just trim the end and roast the full stem. Put the asparagus into a bowl and toss with 0.5 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Spread out the asparagus onto baking sheet, lined with foil and roast for 5 minutes, remove from oven and flip. Return to the oven and roast for another 8-10 minutes. The asparagus should be tender, but not soft. Finish with fresh lemon juice.