Wrapped asparagus and chives

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Wrapped asparagus and chives

During a recent conference call with pediatric obesity experts at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, I learned about what sounds like a great program in Maine, “Keep Me Healthy”. Catchy for them but the abbreviation for California wouldn’t work for us.

Their program is simple to remember. “5210” is all over on posters in healthcare facilities for kids. 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, 2 hours maximum TV time, 1 hour of exercise, and 0 sugary beverages.  Sounds like a good PIN to remember.

To get one of your servings of vegetables, try this appetizer.  It looks so cool you will impress your friends.

The ground temperature reached 65 degrees in Fresno, so asparagus is back. This is a good variation from the usual prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.

Servings: 4


  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends snapped off
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 tablespoon low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced turkey breast


  1. Steam or boil the asparagus until just crisp-tender. Chill it. Or not.
  2. Mix the mayo and Dijon.
  3. Spread part of a slice of turkey with a little of the mayo mixture.
  4. Lay a spear of asparagus and a chive artistically on the turkey.
  5. Roll it up and serve.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 47
  • Total fat: 1 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 13 mg
  • Sodium: 298 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 4 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 6 g