Padman actor Radhika Apte is quite the fitness freak. Apart from following a rigorous exercise regime, the diva also follows a strict diet. It takes a lot of hard work to look as gorgeous as she does, after all. We're all familiar with her stellar cinematic performances, but did you know that Radhika is a foodie as well? The Manjhi the Mountain Man actor loves posting pictures from her travel and food adventures on her Instagram page.
Radhika's Instagram also gives us a peek into what the beauty eats to keep fit. She recently posted a picture of some lovely green asparagus, simply captioning it, 'Favorite food.' The spring vegetable is a well-known health food that has a very low calorie content. No wonder it's found favor with this Bollywood beauty.
What is Asparagus?
Asparagus is a vegetable native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, and has traditionally been used as a vegetable and medicine, owing to its delicate flavour and diuretic properties. Asparagus is low in both calories and sodium, making it an ideal diet and weight loss food. Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten, either raw or cooked, as once the plant begins to grow, the shoot turns woody.
Asparagus is very high on water content. It's also highly nutritious and a good source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Asparagus is a great source of dietary fiber, protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron and trace minerals like chromium that improves the ability of protein insulin to transport glucose into the bloodstream.
Asparagus is also a very versatile cooking ingredient. It's cooked in several different ways around the world. You can stir-fry or sauté the veggie along with other spring vegetables and add it to your quinoa salad, or add it to your vegetable soup or stew. Stir-fried asparagus is often served with chicken, shrimp or beef. It can also be pickled and stored for a long time.
So, what we're saying is, whether you like it grilled, pickled or sautéed, asparagus is a brilliant superfood that you might want to include in your diet. What's more? The gorgeous actress Radhika Apte is vouching for it!