Rediscover Delicious Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are a sweet, nutritious and delicious fall and winter vegetable that can be roasted and made into a  medley for a wonderful side dish.

Sweet potatoes have the same calories as white (about 160 for a medium size potato) but they are higher in fiber and lower on the glycemic index. That means that they cause less of a spike in blood sugar than white potatoes. Sweet are high in vitamin C and A.

Turnips and rutabagas seem like old-fashioned vegetables but they are surprisingly sweet.  Turnips are white fleshed and rutabagas are a yellow-orange.  Both are low in calories (36 calories per cup of turnips, and 66 calories for a cup of rutabagas).  Both have 3 grams of fiber.

Beets have the highest antioxidants level of any vegetable.  With only 37 calories for 1 cup, beets are a great addition to any weight-managing food plan.  If you don’t want the color to bleed on other vegetables, cook them separately and blend right before serving.

Parsnips are similar to a carrot.  They provide six grams of fiber, and provide 35% of your daily vitamin C and one-quarter of your folate requirements.  But it’s most impressive quality is the 587 milligrams of potassium.


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  1. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club

    January 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Paula! Just wanted to let you know that I got up your Moms Group Interview on our site…

    Sometimes it takes me awhile, but it is there, and I will be promoting it for you:) By the way, beets are my favorite;)

    • paula

      January 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks for the support! That is great to have help to get the information about feeling more healthy and energetic through staying active and eating whole, healthy foods. You rock!

  2. Rosey

    January 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    My grandmother used to serve beets a few times a month, I guess she was on to something. I JUST tried my first sweet potato on Thanksgiving and I liked it!

    • paula

      January 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Great! Try adding kale (cutting out the spines), or Swiss chard. It’s GREAT your trying vegetables or complex carbs that you aren’t used to eating. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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