Are you looking to try a new low calorie threat this spring? Look no further than asparagus! Asparagus is very low calorie vegetable that provides a good nutritional punch. A half cup of cooked asparagus provides only 20 calories but 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein along with folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin c and several minerals. Although they are available all year long, during the spring they are most flavorful. Asparagus can be enjoyed many different ways like raw, steamed, sautéed, stir fried, grilled or baked.
How to prepare asparagus- First gently wash them in cold water, pat them dry and then snap the ends off (not the spears) where the woodiness begins. My favorite asparagus recipe is on the grill. Prepare the asparagus as stated above. Put in a large Ziploc bag and drizzle with olive oil, pepper and some dry Italian seasoning. Place in a grilling pan and grill 5-10 minutes, turning often, until lightly charred and fork tender and enjoy!
Betsy Felde RD, LDN
Weight loss surgery dietitian