About 13% of Western Mass. residents are food insecure, a rate higher than any other food bank service area in the state.
For asparagus lovers Spring is the greatest season of them all. For health-minded eaters asparagus is a very low calorie vegetable. 100 g fresh spears give only 20 calories. More calories will be burnt to digest than gained, the fact, which fits into the category of low calorie or negative-calorie vegetables.
20 oz fresh asparagus
1 cup shell-shaped pasta
1/2 cup chopped carrots
2 oz sliced bell peppers
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1/3 cup light Italian salad dressing
Nutrition Facts: 130 calories, 2g fat, 160mg sodium, 24g total carbohydrates, 6g protein. Contains 70% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A.
Source: WIC Nutrition Program
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