Due to its vitamin and mineral content, asparagus helps shield your brain against moderate cognitive decline (MCI), stroke, and Alzheimer’s dementia. A main asparagus benefit is as a source of folate and other B vitamins. Folate is critical for proper brain function.
- 1 - large bunch of asparagus
- 1/4 cup - avocado oil
- 1 TSP - sea salt
- 1/4 TSP - dulse flakes
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 Line a backing sheet with tinfoil and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 2 Wash asparagus and with a sharp knife, cut off the bottom fourth of the asparagus (you can discard this, or it can be used to liven up any fresh, raw summer salad) – to save time, this can be done with one cut while the asparagus is still in a bunch.
- 3 Place the washed asparagus on your baking sheet and lay them out flat so they are not bunched and stacked on top of each other.
- 4 Add oil, dulse flakes, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well.
- 5 Pour oil mixture on top of asparagus and mix around until all pieces of asparagus are evenly covered.
- 6 Bake for 7-10 minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like it.
NotesAsparagus should be one of your healthiest ways of eating! This natural, slender, succulent vegetable is renowned as an excellent source of folic acid (a B vitamin essential for proper cellular division and DNA synthesis), in addition to helping promote a healthy cardiovascular system. Although there are over 300 different varieties of asparagus, only 20 are edible – which fall into 3 categories.
- Green – delicately flavoured, springtime favourite that is commonly found in local markets.
- White – is much more expensive because of the labor required to produce it. The spears are kept covered and out of the sunlight, which prevents the formation of chlorophyll that gives Green Asparagus its colour. It is known to have less flavour than it’s green and purple counterparts, however, some chefs still like to use it for more ‘unique and special’ dishes.
- Purple – with a height maxing at only 1-3 inches, this variety is almost fibre free and is best known to be enjoyed raw.