Rediscover Delicious Root Vegetables

by Paula | January 12, 2013 1:11 am

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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