O2 Fitness Food of the Week: Cashew Nuts

Cashew nuts have a lower fat content than most nuts and much of their fat comes from heart healthy monounsaturated fats.  Cashews are a good source of antioxidants.  In addition, they provide an excellent amount of copper (bone and tissue health) and a good amount of magnesium (bone health) and zinc (immune system).

Asparagus with Cashews

Makes 6 servings

Asparagus with Cashews


  • 1½ lbs asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • ½ cup shiitake mushroom
  • ½ cup roasted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  • Preheat wok or skillet to medium high or 325°.
  • Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into 2 inch pieces.
  • Pour oils around top of a preheated wok or skillet for 2 minutes. Add ginger, stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add asparagus, and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, and stir fry 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
  • Add cashews and soy sauce; toss gently.

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