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Daily Veggie Dose: Asparagus

It is easy to grab a snack that does not fulfill the nutrients we need daily. To help fix this, here are some ideas to incorporate vegetables as snacks into your diet, providing you with fiber, nutrients, and energy for the day!

Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin B6, calcium, zinc and magnesium. It also functions as a diuretic which can help control diabetes and has a number of anti-inflammatory compounds, helpful for preventing heart diseases. This vegetable is also rich in dietary fiber which is great for digestion and a great additive with any summer grill recipe!

Learn more about asparagus and it 's nutritional benefits on the World 's Healthiest Foods website.

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Photo source: Oh My Veggies

Roasted Asparagus Recipe:

Total prep time: 17 minutes

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus, rinsed and trimmed 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp feta cheese crumbles 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp sea salt _ tsp ground black pepper 1 tbsp lemon juice or two slices of lemon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread one layer of asparagus out on a pan and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle feta cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper over the asparagus. Place pan into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle lemon juice on top and enjoy!

(Recipe via www.allrecipes.com)

You can also include carrots, cucumbers, or asparagus onto homemade thin crust pizza, or throw some kale and spinach into a smoothie. Enjoy these snacks and make them your own. Be sure to follow the Viverant blog for more healthy snack and meal choices!

Posted by vivadmin at 7/24/2014 5:03:00 PM
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