Are You Getting Enough Root Vegetables?
Updated: Jan 13
By: Dominique Brigette, Contributing Editor
Have you eaten your veggies today?
The beginning of the new year is when most people make resolutions, including eating healthier. One way to eat healthier is to incorporate root vegetables into your diet. Root vegetables are very popular in the winter, and they are also full of healthy nutrients.
Most root vegetables are delicious when roasted. To roast root vegetables, wash them thoroughly and after drying, brush them with olive oil before adding your favorite seasonings and spices.
The winter is also a great time to enjoy a variety of soups using root vegetables. A delicious and hearty soup, made with root vegetables, is an easy and nutritious way to enjoy a cold winter day.
There are a variety of root vegetables you can experiment with when trying new recipes. Adding onion to soup, or other meals, allows you to take advantage of its antioxidants, which help fight inflammation, reduce blood sugar levels, and minimize your risk of developing certain cancers. While you’re at it, throw in some garlic to improve your immunity, reduce blood pressure, and decrease cholesterol levels.
Sweet Potatoes are also rich in fiber and vitamins A & C, and they may also promote healthy skin and provide vision benefits. Turnips, ginger, and beets are other root vegetables that are low in calories and excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other beneficial nutrients, such as fiber, folate, and vitamin C.
Did you know that ginger can help reduce nausea and decrease pain and inflammation?
Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up some radishes, fennel, and celery root. Radishes are packed with vitamins E, A, C, B6, and K. Fennel helps block the growth of bacteria, and it also has tons of fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C. Celery root contains essential minerals, such as phosphorus and potassium, and it is also high in vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and bone health.
Other root vegetables you may want to consider exploring include carrots, turmeric, potatoes, and rutabaga.