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Father's Day Recipes - Let's Get Grilling!

As we celebrate all things that encompass father's this weekend, many of us will be headed outdoors and to the grill. 

Michigan asparagus only has a week or two (if that!) left in its season, so make sure it is a staple in your Father's Day meal plans! 

We're excited to feature these recipes from Michigan bloggers to make sure you and your family get the last of this nutrient-dense vegetable this season.

Feel free to mix it up the way your family likes, and be sure to grill the asparagus even if it doesn't call for it for an amazing smoky taste!

Grilled Veggies with Lemon Herb Viniagrette 

Recipe and Photo:  The Lemon Bowl , a Grand Rapids blogger.

Recipe and Photo: The Lemon Bowl, a Grand Rapids blogger.

Recipe and Photo:  The Awesome Mitten

Recipe and Photo: The Awesome Mitten

Recipe and Photo:  86 Lemon 's writer, Livvy, a Michigan-born blogger.

Recipe and Photo: 86 Lemon's writer, Livvy, a Michigan-born blogger.

Recipe and Photo: Michigan author of  Tracy's Living Cookbook.

Recipe and Photo: Michigan author of Tracy's Living Cookbook.



Is Asparagus the Latest Superfood?

We've always known that asparagus has amazing health benefits, like being a great source for folic acid, vitamin B6, and fiber, and is low in calories and fat. But do these health-packed spears possess enough super qualities to be the next-named superfood?

According to an article by Expand Your Consciousness, they do! 

In their article, Studies Show Asparagus Is A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory And Protects Against Diabetes, they name asparagus' best qualities:

  • Helps control type-2 diabetes
  • Top anti-inflammatory food
  • Helps aid in digestion
  • Rich source of B vitamins
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These powerful attributes, among others, pack a big punch with this green vegetable. And it's in season NOW in Michigan until mid-June. So do we really need to give you any more reason to go out and BUY NOW?

To read the full article, click here: Studies Show Asparagus Is A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory And Protects Against Diabetes



5 Tips for Picking the Best Asparagus

1.     Firmness.

Asparagus stalks should be firm. If you were to bend it, it should feel like it’s going to snap in half.

2.     Compact Tips.

Look for tips that are closed tightly together.

3.     Stalks.

Bright green, smooth, straight stalks with dark green or purple tips. Along with tight closed tips, the best pick should have a shade of dark green or purple.

4.     Similar Diameter.

This is more for convenience, rather than an indicator of flavor. Thicker stalks simply mean they’re more mature. No matter small or large, a consistent diameter will help the asparagus cook evenly.

5.     It should squeak.

When you squeeze the bunch together, it should squeak. This indicates the firmness and freshness of the bunch.



The "Clean 15"

Have you ever heard of “Clean 15” foods?

A friend of mine has two young children and worries a lot about the food she’s preparing for her kids.

Is it safe?
Is it nutritious?
Is it made well and does it taste good?

This friend of mine recently introduced me to “Clean 15” foods.

Guess what? Asparagus is one of them!

Michigan Asparagus is a “Clean 15” vegetable because it has a low pesticide load and is one of the safest conventionally grown crops to consume. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, it is a food that does not need to be purchased organic.

Many of us try to buy organic, but when you aren’t able to find it? Or you can’t afford it? Michigan Asparagus! Because it is grown so early in the season, Michigan Asparagus does not require as many pesticides as other fruits and vegetables.

What non-organic foods should you avoid?

The “Dirty Dozen.”

These foods contain the highest amount of pesticides according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Check out EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce.

Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.

But remember: don’t let this news deter you from buying fruits and vegetables regularly, whether they’re organic or not. The EWG says, “The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Eating conventionally grown produce is better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.”

What can we learn from all of this?

Buy organic when possible.

Eat fruits and vegetables always.

Get Michigan Asparagus while it lasts!