Cashew Cream Asparagus Soup Recipe

By Teri Sprouse

With the grocery stores loaded with fresh asparagus at this time of year, I was compelled to make this yummy Cashew Cream Asparagus Soup from the magazine Natural Health.  Not only is this recipe is extremely quick and yummy but this non-dairy, vegan, rich and creamy soup has amazing health benefits.

Health Benefits of the Ingredients

Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K - as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.  Asparagus is an excellent source of glutathione, a detoxifying anti-oxidant that helps protect the liver and helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals.

With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, asparagus is fights bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, ovarian and other cancers. Inulin, a carbohydrate in asparagus, encourages the growth of...

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Not All Calories Are Equal

By Joel Wasmann, blogger of By the Handful

Isn’t it just calories in/calories out? Nope!

We have had a complicated, if not downright obsessive relationship with the word calorie for a long time, but not all calories are equal. It seems to be the focus of many diet programs and even the primary concern for increasing one’s health and losing weight as calories are reduced. There is no doubt that a calorie (really just an arbitrary measurement of energy) does affect our metabolism and therefore our body’s ability to maintain, lose or gain weight. If you dramatically reduce or increase your caloric intake for any length of time given the same level of activity, your weight will likely reflect this dietary change. Unfortunately, it is all too common to find people, especially those trying to lose weight, eating foods with less calories and also much less nutrition. This is not a path to long term health.

Introducing: nutrient dense calories.

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What Makes Produce Nutritious?

By Joel Wasmann, blogger of By the Handful

So what makes produce nutritious?

The carrots you just grabbed off the shelf were either organic or non-organic, is this all that matters? I will assume most of us are on the organic bandwagon but there are other factors that go into creating a healthy fruit or vegetable. Before I studied nutrition I was a gardening nerd. I use the word nerd because that’s really what I was, studying everything from the genetic histories of apples to soil microbiology. One thing I learned is that the vitamin and mineral content of the soil was directly related to that of the vegetable growing in it. Maybe this seems a little obvious but do you think that you might be deficient in Calcium and Magnesium because your local soil is too? It’s possible that both you and your spinach are deficient if you live in an area where it rains a lot and the soil has not been amended. Rain leaches minerals from soil. In some cases the produce might give you some...

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