New Ideas for Spring Veggies

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on April 27, 2018 · 0 comments

Asparagus:  A part of the lily family, it is actually related to onions, leeks and garlic.  It’s high in folate and a good source of vitamin C.  It also contains inulin, a prebiotic fiber that helps nourish our gut bacteria, which supports your immune function.  Choose asparagus spears that are bright in color, straight and firm.  Once at home, wrap the base with a moist paper towel and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Artichokes:  The inedible outer leaves protect the delicious,tender, delicate heart, base and stem.  Artichokes are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of fiber which may help lower cholesterol levels.  They are a good source of folate, manganese and magnesium.

Arugula:  Is a peppery green lettuce, a relative of the mustard family also known as rucola or roquette.  It is rich in vitamins C and K, calcium, magnesium and manganese – a combination of nutrients that helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes overall bone health.  Arugula is one of those greens that you can add to almost anything.  Try it raw on a sandwich or wilted into a soup.

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