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When it comes to spring veggies and diets and weight management programs, it’s hard to do better than asparagus. This unique and delicious vegetable is loaded with antioxidants and other powerful nutrients and can bring zest to any meal. It’s the perfect side dish and easy to prepare—plus it provides a bevy of benefits that help you reach your weight loss goals.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic, as it is loaded with the asparagine, an amino acid that helps eliminate excess sodium and detoxify the body. It is also rich in digestive fiber, which helps fill us up and promotes healthy digestion—one cup makes up almost 11 percent of your daily requirements. Another way it benefits weight loss efforts is with its high potassium content, which helps fight bloating and belly fat. Asparagus is also rich in vitamin K, which is essential for healthy bones, and vitamin E, which helps keel the skin healthy. In addition, this green veggie packs the phytochemical glutathione, iron, folate, and vitamins A and C. Best of all, one eight-ounce serving contains only 40 calories!
Enjoy this savory recipe and let us know if you have any other delicious ways to prepare asparagus. Click through for information on our effective diets and weight management programs.
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
2 to 3 tbsps Extra Virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. With a sharp knife, cut about an inch and a half off the bottom of each stalk. Place the stalks in a bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and toss until fully coated. Add the minced garlic and thyme and toss. Season with the Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Put the stalks on a baking sheet and bake approximately 12 to 15 minutes, until tender.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.