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I woke up at 4:00am, on day number 2 moving in :) Hmmmm so tired but anxious to catch up on sparks. So hungry and to early to eat but I wanted something crunchy. Just ate about 1/2 of a jicama sliced raw if you can believe that YUM! I've had napa cabbage raw, good. Love asparagus but always steam or microwave a short time before tossing in my salad.

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Tried the turnip raw. It actually was okay. Kinda like a radish. I did remove the skin because it was getting rubbery.

As anyone had Napa raw? Is it good?
Also I got asparagus, I hesitate to try it raw....

I think I am going to get and eat raw next time I go shopping:
Rhubarb
different lettuce (suggestions)
beet if I don't chicken out.

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That turnip "recipe" with butter and syrup and bacon sounds similar to how my mom (and her mom) always made rutabaga. I hated it as a kid (beets, too), but as I've gotten older, rutabaga is not so bad anymore...

I'm really starting to wonder if what I had down in Mexico was really jicama; or maybe I'm not remembering correctly how it tated or why I didn't like it. Am I going crazy?!?!?
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emoticon No. Not too SPARKY!

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I used to love turnips mashed with a lot of butter, real bacon bits, and maple syrup... but that's not a very Sparky way to eat them.

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emoticon I may get a turnip while I am shopping today. There are not too many veggies left that I will not eat. Even BEETS! Which I absolutely hate even MORE than turnips.
BUT, I having been throwing a bit of beetroot into my juicer, along with 1/2 apple, 1/2 orange, 4 medium size carrots and 1/2 a beet. Can't even TASTE it! LOL! emoticon

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Laura, you are so cute. :) Just trying to encourage you.... Try reading about how low in calories and how much nutrition is in turnips and then give them another try. During all my diets and weight loss, I have found that I have taught myself to learn to like to eat something when I know its low in calories and good for me. That's how I got myself loving salads with spinach and asparagus. :) Go LAUARA go!!

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Turnip SCARES ME! emoticon

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I tried the jicama and it was totally yum! It does have the texture of an Asian pear apple! The taste was pretty mild. I plan on trying the turnip raw tonight, but Laura has me scared!

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I love turniips, despite they do smell when cooking. I like to add a little sea salt, pepper and small amount of butter and honey or agave necter.

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Yeah. I have to agree. Turnips taste yucky! I HATE them with a PASSION!
Here is a link to the nutrtional info on turnips...
www.peertrainer.com/DFcaloriecounter
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Hmmm... they have a lot of VIT C, but other than that they seem kind of nutrtionally void. There is a little of this and that but... nuthin' much. I mean, there is VIT C in LOTS of other, tastier foods.
I think I will pass on the turnips (thanks anyhow, SPARKEYES!) If they were a nutrtional POWERHOUSE or SUPERFOOD, I might overlook their taste.
I guess they are OK, if you like their taste...

Don't get me wrong. If you guys like turnips, by all means, EAT THEM! LOL!

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I have no idea what raw turnips or rhutabags taste like, but I cooked them once and once was enough for me. UUuck!!

The Jicama that I buy has the texture of a japanese apple pear and has a slightly tart taste like a bland green apple or a red bell pepper. At least every one I've ever tasted was like that. I just bought one tonight.

If it tasted like a turnip it wouldn't be bought twice.

Like I said, I do squeeze lime juice on top and use it to scoop up homemade guacamole!

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Heck no! LOL! But I will if you think that makes them taste better!

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2/20/10 5:44 P

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Laura, have you tried eating them raw and sliced thin?


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I don't like turnip one bit. YUCK!

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The jicama I had in Mexico was definitely more like a turnip or rutabaga. It has a very strong flavor. That wikipedia article talks about making slaw with jicama. I imagine it is because it has the same "bite" that cabbage does, and making slaw sweetens it up a bit?

I hope someone will try it, and let me know if I should give it another try...

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So I got myself a turnip, a jicama, asparagus, cauliflower (fascinated by the mashed potato idea...). There were so many choices I didn't want to over load myself. Here's to raw!

Thanks again for the suggestions I'll reference next time I go shopping :).

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I have heard of jicama and even seen it in recipes. So, what does it taste like... a YAM or a TURNIP emoticon

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2/19/10 8:47 P

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Jicama is usually with the root veggies. Here is a page that shows what it looks like and tells how to store it and some ways to eat it:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%ADcama

I hope you can find it. Tell me how it is!

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I just love this team. I always get new ideas. I never heard of jicama but I'll be looking for it at the store. I'm thinking I may not find it at the store I normally go to but when I go to the bigger store, I'm sure they'll have it. I'm also going to try turnips. Great post - thanks!!!






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I have a lot to add to the list this weekend! Thank you for all the ideas. I've never had jicama or raw kale before. So excited.

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Yum, sounds good. I bet if you used a normal potatoe it would probably be healthier and clean?

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Probably, because I imagine it is way fresher than what we have here.

To me it tastes similiar to either a raw red bell pepper or a weak flavored green apple.

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I use my cauliflower for faux mashed potatoes. In fact, I am making them tonight. I steam the C, puree it, add a touch of milk & butter (I do mean a touch), then transfer it to a big bowl and add approx 1C potato flakes and stir. I cover w/saran wrap. Viola! Mashed potatoes!!!

Since regular MP (to taste good) require lots of milk and butter and is not much more than fat and starch and my blood sugar doesn't do well on it, this is my healthy fix. My husband loves it, too. So it is a win-win at my house.

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Great news on the house, Wanda! YEA!!!

It's funny - I love the bite that cauliflower has, but Jicama is WAY too strong for me. I tried some once down in Mexico - and it was just too strong for me... Is it stronger there?

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Congrats! on the house.

I can't eat raw cruciferous veggies due to hypothyroidism, but my vote is for jicama!!!

Peel, slice, squeeze a little lime juice and a dusting of ground pepper (like cayenne, or ancho chile).

Yummy, that's how we eat it here in TX!

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Kellkat you and I must have the same taste buds. I SO can almost eat a whole one. Love to cut it up and add a little salt. I have it almost in every salad.

PS. CLOSING IS TOMORROW, AND THEN WE GET THE HOUSE! XOXO Wanda

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My favorite raw veggie is cauliflower. I don't think it was on your list. I can get a whole head, wash and cut it up, and I have to be careful not to eat it all in just one or two sittings! I guess it's not too unusual, but maybe some have never tried it raw...

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I made balsamic grilled artichokes and they were delish! They need to be cooked of course but they are very filling and full of antioxidants. Steam first, cool a bit, then marinade in balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil then place on the grill until they turn a dark color. I dipped mine in a Greek yogurt ranch type dressing that I made. The family really loves them this way!



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Sprouts are sooo god for you. I have been buying broccoli sprouts, but there are all kinds. You can put them in sandwiches or wraps.
I also try to make one glass of veggie juice everyday. ANYTHING can go into it. I put in 1/2 an apple and 1/2 an orange. Then I add carrots, celery, beetroot, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, spinach, sprouts, ... anything. The apple and orange really take the GREEN taste out of the juioce.
Sometimes I add some wheat grass.
There are also SEA veggies too. kelp, dulce, spirulina...

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If you are concerned about calories, choose non-starchy vegetables. Did you know that rhubarb is a veggie? It grows like a weed, too!

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I like raw beets cut in juilian slices and cabbage any kind is good for me.



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Jicama would be my pick as well, i love the crunch. Also raw cauliflower.

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My favorite raw veggies are snow peas and asparagus ... very small, thin stalks. Cucumbers are of course awesome as well. Cooked, I pretty much like them all, but especially the rooties like rutabega, parsnips, turnips, carrots & potatoes. :) Hope you find something you love!

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kohlrabi is one of my favorites but I am not 100% sure when its season is. It might be late summer. When the season for it comes out, try it it is so sweet and delicious!

Kale is another good one. Boc Choy (these are fairly common but not ones that are always picked up) both are very good in stir fries.

Oyster mushrooms are very delicious again, good in stir fries.

Again, I don't know how uncommon you wanted to go, these are all ones that are commonly overlooked in the grocery store but usually available!!

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Jicama sliced into a salad is good - crunchy.

One more is fennel - great sliced also.

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Turnips are delicious raw, you don't even have to peel them, just wash and slice.


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So I want to eat more veggies. I have a tendency to get hungry but don't want to over do the calories. Fruit is no problem but I like to eat to much. I like the sweet :).

I get plenty of the regulars (carrots, celery, peas, green beans, romaine, spinach etc). So, I am looking for recommendations on veggies that aren't the usual. I would prefer items I can eat raw, but if not that's okay.

Thanks!

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