Healthy Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe
Some creamy soup recipes are fattening and that is because they feature a lot of cream. The following healthy cream of asparagus soup recipe instead relies on nonfat milk for its creamy flavor. If you want to make this slightly more sinful you can stir in some sour cream but that is your choice.
How to Prepare the Asparagus
You will need a pound of fresh green asparagus to make this asparagus soup. Snap off the woody ends first of all, and then slice it into one inch lengths. Boil the asparagus in water until it is tender; this should take about ten minutes. Drain it well.
Puree the Soup to Perfection
While your asparagus is cooking, you can get the other ingredients ready. Add a tablespoon of butter, two tablespoons of flour, and a roughly chopped garlic clove to your blender.
Add the drained asparagus and two cups of nonfat milk. Add a pinch each of salt and pepper and a couple of sliced green onions (or just one if they are big ones). Blend this mixture until smooth.
Heat It Back Up and Garnish It
Transfer it into a saucepan and warm it through, heating it gently and stirring until the soup is nice and thick. Thinly sliced green onion tops, low fat sour cream, and croutons are a good serving idea but you could garnish the healthy cream of asparagus soup recipe with a dollop of crème fraiche if you prefer.
Folic Acid for Cancer
As well as tasting delicious, there might be another good reason to indulge in a healthy cream of asparagus soup recipe. Asparagus contains folate (folic acid) and this is undergoing tests to see whether it can reduce a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. A current trial is examining whether folic acid supplements can delay or stop the development of cervical cancer in women infected with HPV (human papillomavirus) which is involved in 99% of cervical cancers. The trial follows research that shows women with high levels of folic acid have less risk of becoming HPV positive.
Folic acid is known as folate in its natural form and this is found in chickpeas, brown rice and broccoli, as well as asparagus. Women in the United States are taking a daily supplement for a year to determine its protective effect. Researchers currently think low levels of folic acid increase the risk of HPV infection and therefore reduce the effectiveness of the immune system, but this is not known for sure.
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