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It’s Stacy: Healthy Eats — Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Grilling and fresh asparagus just go together in the springtime. My great-grandmother Arizona Henry never really grilled, and she boiled her asparagus until it was slime. I remember that bright, lime green water and the slimy texture of her asparagus. I would cry every time she made me taste it. However, grilling asparagus to the right texture of tender and crisp causes my mouth to water, and I want it at every meal in the springtime.

Asparagus, a nutritional powerhouse, is a guilt-free addition to your diet. With just 20 calories in a ½ cup serving, it’s a low-calorie option packed with fiber, vitamins C, A, K, E, folate, potassium, and phosphorus. Its high fiber content promotes good digestive health. For individuals with diabetes, asparagus is a smart choice due to its low carbohydrate and calorie content. So, let’s grill some asparagus and enjoy its health benefits!

Beware of eating asparagus. It can make your pee smell like a skunk sprayed in the bathroom. Every time I eat asparagus, I think I’m getting a bladder infection or something worse. But no worries; asparagus is nontoxic. This smell can last for up to 7 or 8 hours after eating asparagus. The stinky pee does not happen to everyone, but you will know if you’re one of those stinky pee people within a few minutes of eating asparagus.


Grilled Asparagus

1 – 2 bunches of fresh asparagus

1/4 cup olive oil

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2-3 tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning

  1. Cut off fresh asparagus tough end.
  2. Place asparagus on grill on medium heat.
  3. Mix olive oil, vinegar, and steak seasoning.
  4. Brush mixture over asparagus generously while grilling.
  5. Grill on each side for 2 minutes.

Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes” and “Great Grandma Zona’s Wisdom & recipes: Comfort food made easy.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.