Well-known as an aphrodisiac, asparagus contains lots of vital nutrients important for couples trying to conceive.
This spear-shaped vegetable contains a fabulous cocktail of nutrients important to promote health and vitality. Asparagus is considered a powerful aphrodisiac and one of the best foods to increase libido, so is a great choice for couples looking to conceive.
Asparagus also contains dietary fibre for good digestive health and folate known to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida in an unborn child. In fact, six medium-sized asparagus spears contains one quarter of the recommended dietary intake of folate for both men and women. Both fibre and folate have other benefits too, ideal for conception, including increasing sperm count and a women’s ability to ovulate.
Asparagus also contains more potassium than sodium, of which the ratio is just right to contribute to lowering blood pressure to a normal healthy level. But the benefits of asparagus don’t stop there: it also contains a string of antioxidants, that we all know are important to help fertility, particularly protecting sperm quality and the compounds needed to create the baby’s healthy cells.
Plus, with only about 90kJ in 100g of cooked green asparagus, this veggie is a perfect accompaniment to any meal as it helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer without offering too many kilojoules.
How to prepare asparagus
To prepare, snap off the woody bottom of the asparagus spear at its natural breaking point. You can eat it raw, boiled, steamed or stir-fried. It cooks very quickly in a microwave, only needing about four minutes on a medium heat.
- Creamy asparagus soup. In 4 cups of vegetable or chicken stock, boil (then simmer) 1 chopped onion, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 chopped and peeled potato, and 2 asparagus bunches. Blend to desired consistency and enjoy with warm crusty bread.
- Asparagus Risotto. Follow your usual risotto recipe and add 1 bunch of chopped asparagus just before you add your final ladle of stock. Simmer and enjoy.
- Tossed asparagus in lemon juice. Parboil asparagus for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and place in a bowl. Toss with parmesan cheese, olive oil, grated lemon rind and pepper. Serve warm as a delicious side dish.
Why not try this Asparagus Tortilla recipe?