Even though I’m a huge Raw Foodie fan, sometimes in winter, I crave warm foods. Somehow salads, green smoothies, etc are not quite as appealing when the temperature drops!
Roots like carrots, sweet potatoes, and turnips, are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods do, they help regulate them. I often recommend them to clients who have diabetes as eating sweet root vegetables is a healthy way to fix a sugar craving.
Why Eat More Root Veggies?
Long roots – carrots, parsnips, burdock, and daikon radish – are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body. Round roots – turnips, radishes, beets, and rutabagas – nourish the stomach, spleen, pancreas, and reproductive organs.
Which root vegetables do you eat most?
If you’re like most of the world, it’s 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 fibre and with a respectable amount of antioxidants.
- Jicama is crunchy and refreshing and contains a generous amount of vitamin C. It’s a favourite in its native Mexico and South America. I find it in Asian grocery stores and love it in summer as well where I use it raw.
- 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’ve also got plenty of fibre, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, and potassium. I love roasting parsnips and bringing out their sweetness.
- Radish is an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s 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 fibre
Excited to add more roots to your diet? Here’s a fun, easy recipe:
- Serves 4 to 6
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 parsnips
- 2 carrots
- 2 turnips
- 1 daikon radish (or substitute/add in other favorites, like squash)
- extra virgin olive oil
- dulse salt and pepper
- herbs: za’atar, ( if you don’t have this, use rosemary, thyme or sage (fresh if possible))
- 2 tbspns tahini
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees (celsius).
- Wash and dice all vegetables into bite-sized cubes.
- Place in a large baking dish with sides.
- Mix olive oil, za’atar and tahini in a bowl and coat each vegetable.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Bake uncovered for 25-35 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown, checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking.
- Tip: Any combination of vegetables will work. Roasting only one kind of vegetable also makes a nice side dish.
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