The end of winter heralds the beginning of spring,
and there’s no better way to wake up your senses
than with some crisp and fresh produce. The zingy,
zesty flavor of fresh lemons brings a scent of sunshine
and a promise of summer days to come. It can perk up
any dish, from a sweet treat like lemon bars, to a
main-dish pleaser like our chicken asparagus with lemon
cream sauce. This entrée is also bursting with
asparagus, one of the best vegetables of the season.
Who says the end of winter has to be dull?
Liven Up a Winter Day With Produce
The end of winter can taste as fresh as springtime
with produce choices like lemons and asparagus. Zesty,
crisp, and good for you, they brighten up the grayest
time of year.
Lemons (about | recipes)
Reach for some lemons to bring a little summer into
your life. Simply add a few wedges to your drink
or include them in your cuisine. Sailors discovered
sucking on lemons, and other high Vitamin C fruits,
protected them from developing vitamin-deficiency
diseases, like scurvy, during long sea voyages.
People no longer run a high risk of developing
scurvy, but lemons continue to benefit our health.
They are a low calorie, low-sodium, fat and cholesterol
free food. According to the FDA, diets low in fat,
cholesterol and sodium may decrease the risk of
some cancers, coronary heart disease, and hypertension.
Lemon juice is often used as a healthy substitute
for butter, salt and oils to add flavor to meals.
Lemons are fat- and cholesterol-free, low in calories
and sodium, and high in vitamin C. They also contain
phytochemicals, which are thought to reduce the
incidence of cancer.
Asparagus (about | recipes)
Asparagus is one of the most striking of vegetables—and
no wonder, it’s actually part of the lily family!
But this green treat is no flower. Instead, it’s
one of the most nutritious and tasty vegetables you
can put on your table. Simply steamed and served with
butter, or sautéed in one of your favorite vegetable
medleys, asparagus adds an incomparable taste sensation
to your table. In addition, it is one of the most well-rounded
vegetables in existence, addition a variety of nutrients
and vitamins to your diet. Asparagus is a source of
fiber, and a good source of vitamins A and C, as well
as folate. It also contains thiamin and vitamin B6,
and is one of nature’s richest sources of rutin,
a drug that strengthens capillary walls.