What is it?

Asparagus comes in 3 different types – green, white, and purple – with green being the most commonly consumed variety in the U.S. It features a mild, earthy, and slightly bitter flavor that makes it great for using in a variety of recipes, from omelets to salads, or as a side dish to meats and other proteins.

What are the health benefits?

Despite being a low-calorie vegetable, asparagus is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a great source of fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C and K. This nutrient combination is important for healthy cell growth and function, a strong immune system, and promoting regularity for a healthy gut.

Suggested Recipe: Oven-Roasted Asparagus

This oven-roasted asparagus recipe is a great, healthy side to virtually any entree. Best of all, it’s easy to prepare and requires few ingredients.


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Optional: ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese, 2-3 lemon slices, 1-2 minced garlic cloves, and ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Trim the ends of the asparagus. To figure out where to cut, look where it starts to become a deep green. Cut off the white and pale green end part of the asparagus.
  3. Wash the asparagus and pat dry.
  4. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and toss until it’s completely covered. Add any optional ingredients to the mixing bowl at this time except the lemon slices.
  5. Place in an even layer on a lined baking sheet. If you’re using lemon slices, place them on top of the asparagus now.
  6. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness.
  7. Serve immediately.