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Roasted Asparagus and Quinoa Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing

 

The snow has dissipated, and spring and warmer weather have officially arrived.  Fresh local asparagus is now in season for Canada and I couldn’t be more excited! Local asparagus is far superior in taste and is an excellent source of folate, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as several minerals.

 

 

 

  • Asparagus is an alkaline food which is relatively low in calories and carbohydrates (only has 22 calories for 100g).

  • Fresh asparagus spears provide an excellent source of antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, lutein and cryptoxanthins.

  • Asparagus is a rich source of the amino acid called asparagine, that plays a role in the process of removing waste from the body.

  • Asparagus is a very good source of minerals especially iron, potassium, manganese, and copper.

 

 

 

This salad is filled with probiotic rich foods like miso, and sauerkraut. There are several different types of miso, but I used the white kind which has a light flavour and not overpowering for dressings. Sauerkraut is a great addition to any meal and an excellent digestive aid.  If sauerkraut is not to your liking I suggest taking a probiotic daily. Read here to educate yourself on which probiotic is best suited for you.