Add a beautiful, vibrant color to your dinner table with our asparagus and lemon skyr! There is almost nothing more refreshing than adding the color green to your plate, and this bright hue certainly increases our mood, as well as our overall health. Asparagus is teeming with nutrition, as mentioned below, but it also tastes incredible, which is why it’s great to pair with your favorite entree. Need some inspiration? Try pairing this side dish with our Chicken Jambalaya or Black Sesame Seed Encrusted Salmon for some added flavor and a nutrition boost.
Nutrient Booster: Asparagus
Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B6, B2, B3,B6, C, E, K, folate, copper, selenium, potassium, zinc, iron, protein, and dietary fiber, so this is one green produce that you will want to eat more of. In fact, research has shown that higher intakes of dietary fiber are linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease, increased gut health, and lower body weight (1).
What’s Great About Skyr
We also love using Icelandic Provisions Skyr as a thick, creamy topping for the asparagus, because it’s less tart than Greek yogurt, and more flavorful than other dairy alternatives. Icelandic Provisions use authentic Heirloom Skyr Cultures that have been treasured and preserved in Iceland for hundreds of years, which their distinct flavor comes from. Icelandic Provisions is the only authentic Icelandic Skyr in the U.S., so go ahead and try it out for yourself!
Asparagus with Lemon Skyr
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 bunches asparagus, washed and ends removed
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 (5.3 ounce) containers Plain Icelandic Provisions Skyr
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425ⁿF. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and grease with olive oil.
Arrange asparagus on the sheet pan, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until soft. If using thinner asparagus, check at 10 minutes.
While the asparagus is cooking, add Icelandic Provisions plain skyr, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice taste to a small mixing bowl. Combine well, and add more lemon juice if desired. Set aside.
Remove the asparagus from the oven, and place it on a serving platter. Add the skyr to the serving platter (either on the side or on top of the asparagus), and serve.
Refrigerate asparagus 3-5 days in a sealed container for best results.
Serving size: 1/2 cup asparagus + 1/4 cup lemon skyr, Calories: 80 calories, Fat: 1.5 grams, Saturated fat: 0.2 gram, Carbohydrates: 7 grams, Sugar: 5 grams,Sodium: 270 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 11 grams, Cholesterol: 2.5 milligrams
*Disclosure: At the time of this post Triad to Wellness was a nutrition communications consultant for Icelandic Provisions. We were not compensated for this post.
(1) Slavin, J. Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits. http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/5/4/1417