Anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy nutrients are contained in asparagus, like vitamins C and D and folate. In addition, it cooks quickly and is low in calories. Sautee some asparagus, along with sugar snap peas, and add in whole wheat pasta, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and grated Parmesan cheese for a very healthy and delicious, meatless meal.

Purchase it fresh during the spring into early summer, whenever the local crops are being harvested. There is canned asparagus available, but it definitely loses something along the way, so it is best to pass it up, but frozen isn't a bad substitute for fresh. In general, you are going to want to think twice about choosing a canned vegetable instead of fresh produce, which is much healthier and tastes so much better.

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Robert Padilla

A proud father and husband, Robert Padilla is a resident of Dallas, TX, and is a huge fan of the Dallas Mavericks. Dealing with digestive problems for countless years led him to learn all that he could about the gut and the science behind it.