I have always loved okra and asparagus, but never had I tried putting the two together in one Superfood packed dish! The combination may sound funny, but let me tell you it turned out so tasty! So keep an open mind because this is one yummy Superfood side dish loaded with wellness boosters!
Did you know that okra has many health benefits? Okra contains various minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins such as: C, K , A, B-complex group, folates, Thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, zinc, magnesium, epicatechin, quercetin, and catechin. It’s also packed with dietary fiber that aids in digestion, cholesterol management, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. Okra is recommended for women who are pregnant because of its richness in folic acid. Folic acid plays an important role in the neural tube formation of the fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy (4-12 weeks).
Okra is even used in various homemade beauty products and remedies such as: hair conditioner, sheen enhancer, scalp moisturizer, face masks, and it can add bounce to loose limp hair. The best time of year to buy okra is from July through September (it thrives in hot humid climates like where I am from in the south). Buy it in bulk, cut it up, and vacuum seal for year round fresh okra!
For more information on the health benefits of Okra check out the following links:
Health Benefits of Okra via Natrual News
18 Amazing Benefits of Okra/Lady’s Finger for Skin, Hair, and Health via Stylecraze.com
Asparagus is a definite go-to Superfood! This amazing spear shaped veggie cuts through the body with its amazing health benefits and disease fighting capabilities! Asparagus is considered an anti-inflammatory food because of its unique combination of anit-inflamatory nutrients. It also provides a long list of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins such as: A, C, E, K, chromium, selenium , manganese, folate, zinc, arsasapogenin, diosgenin, and protodioscin. Asparagus is also considered a mild diuretic that helps with managing diabetes.
Asparagus is known as a herbaceous plant. It provides a rich source of glutathione which aids in detoxing the body; breaking down carcinogens (toxins) and other harmful substances. Providing this detoxing assistant is why asparagus is thought to help fight against certain forms of cancer such as: bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
Asparagus can also be found in various homemade remedies and recipes. A few examples are: Fresh Asparagus Smoothie, Homemade Asparagus Facial Mask, and the Hangover Cure. The best time of year to buy asparagus is from February through June with April being the peak month. Buy it in bulk, cut off the ends, and vacuum seal for year round fresh asparagus!
For more information on the health benefits of Asparagus check out the following links:
The Many Benefits of Asparagus via Natural News
Health Benefits of Asparagus via Juicing-for-Health.com
So don’t forget to start healing your body with nutrition! It is one of the most accessible and powerful tools we have at our disposal. Start today with a great big helping of my Asparagus and Okra Superfood Sauté! Enjoy
- 2 bundles of asparagus
- 2 lbs okra
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3-4 garlic cloves)
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional- gives it a kick, can use chili powder or omit completely if unable to use)
- Sea salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup water
- Rinse and trim the okra. Cut and remove the top and tail of the okra.
- Cut okra into bite-size pieces and put to the side.
- Rinse the asparagus. Trim off the woody root ends and cut the rest into 1 inch pieces, and put to the side.
- Preheat a large heavy skillet (I prefer to use a black iron skillet) over medium heat allowing it to warm up at least 1 minute before adding the oil.
- When the skillet is warm add oil and seasonings: garlic and cayenne pepper.
- When the oil and the seasonings start heating up you will smell the aroma hit the air (about 1 minute). Place the okra and asparagus into the skillet.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Start tossing the vegetables in the oil and seasonings, flipping them so that each layer gets coated by the mixture.
- Pour water into skillet and reduce heat to low and cover skillet with lid.
- Consistently toss and stir so that veggies do not stick & burn. (cooking time averages around 10 minutes)
- Once the veggies reach desired tenderness (I like mine to be right at fork tender not too soft) transfer to plates and serve with one of my delicious main dishes. Enjoy!