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Dijon Asparagus

dijon asparagusMaking low carb meals for easy weight loss programs doesn’t have to difficult—this simple side is easy to prepare and filled with flavor and zest. You can serve it warm, at room temperature or cold with a bevy of entrees, from chicken and salmon to filet mignon and pork—or even tofu or other vegetables for the vegetarians out there.

Asparagus is a rich source of dietary fiber, which plays a crucial role in having success with easy weight loss programs and low carb diets because it fills us up, promotes healthy digestion and acts as a diuretic. These refreshing spring vegetables are nutritional powerhouses—they’re packed with antioxidants such as beta-carotene, and have high levels of vitamins C, E and K. The herbaceous plant is also loaded with chromium, a trace mineral that improves insulin’s ability to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. In addition, asparagus boasts folate, folic acid, potassium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, copper, phosphorus, selenium and manganese. Studies have shown that eating asparagus can help control and reduce the risk of diabetes and prevent kidney stones.

Asparagus is also an excellent source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and free radicals, which helps reduce the signs of aging and boost our body’s ability to protect against and fight various forms of cancer. It’s the perfect side dish for all low carb meals!

Ingredients

2 lbs asparagus
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp fresh chopped parsley
Himalayan sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

Whisk the mustard, fresh lemon juice, aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil together. Add the parsley and mix together. Season with the Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper to your liking.

Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus. Boil asparagus for three to four minutes until tender. Drain and then run the asparagus under cold water. Serve on a plate and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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