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Root Vegetables - Delicious, Harty, Healthy!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

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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