If you’re like most people, when you think about healthy eating, salads and green vegetables usually come to mind. How would you like to begin adding a little variety to your eating plan? I’m suggesting getting to the ‘root’ of the healthy eating topic and sampling some root vegetables!
Those veggies that are under the ground, carrots, sweet potatoes, and turnips, are a fabulous source of nutritious complex carbohydrates. Root vegetables don’t upset blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods do, instead, they help regulate them!
Here’s Why We Need to Eat More Roots
- Long roots, such as carrots, parsnips, burdock, and daikon radish are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body.
- Round roots, like turnips, radishes, beets, and rutabagas are the ones that nourish the stomach, spleen, pancreas, and reproductive organs.
Which root vegetables do you eat the most? If you are like most of the world, you probably answered carrots and potatoes. Here are a few others to explore:
- Beets contain an abundance of antioxidants and are highly detoxifying.
- Burdock is considered a powerful blood purifier. This long, thin veggie is a staple in Asian and health food stores.
- Celeriac, also known as celery root, is rich in fiber and with a respectable amount of antioxidants.
- Jicama is crunchy and refreshing and contains a generous amount of vitamin C.
- Onions are rich in antioxidants and other phytonutrients, making them prized for their ability to strengthen the immune system.
- Parsnips, which look like giant white carrots, boast a sweet, earthy taste. They are loaded with fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, and potassium.
- Radish is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also rich in calcium, molybdenum, and folic acid.
- Sweet Potatoes contain unsurpassed levels of beta-carotene and are also rich in vitamin C, phytonutrients, and fiber.
Excited to add more roots to your diet?
Try cutting up different types of root vegetables and roasting them in a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil with rosemary, thyme, or sage (preferably fresh), for about 25-35 minutes in a 375-degree oven. Delicious!
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Are you curious about how to choose root vegetables and other nutritious foods? Would you like help getting and being as healthy as you can? Let’s talk! Schedule a Discovery Call with me today — or pass this information on to someone you care about!