10 Roots That Are Great For Health
When we think of root vegetables, we tend to think of potatoes, carrots and onions. Whisper it, but they’re actually really not root vegetables – we just like to think they are!
The truth is that potatoes, carrots and onions overshadow the REAL root vegetables that are some kinda wonderful. These real roots that are amazing for our health, and they’re awesome in their variety. The best thing is that you can cook them in a variety of ways, and because winter is coming up, we’re going to include 10 healthy roots that you can easily add to your soups and stews.
So, if you’re looking to try something a little bit different to the usual “roots”, let’s take a look at 10 that are great for your health.
The beetroot is often an overlooked vegetable at the grocery store, which is really surprising when you consider how exotic this purple lovely appears. But beets are really nutritious and contain just 43 calories per every 100 grams of serving. They’re rich in potassium, protein, as well as vitamin A, C, D and B-12, which is good news for vegans. They also give you 5% of your daily amount of iron, and 5% of magnesium.
You simply cannot go wrong with bok choy, a leafy green which is also known as Chinese leaf. This super food is still a million miles away from becoming a cornerstone of western diets, but it’s one that you really should know all about.
Unlike a lot of other veggies, our body is able to absorb lots of bok choy’s nutrients, and indeed we soak up a whopping 54% of its calcium content alone. It has also been found to reduce your risk of prostrate cancer, and provides you with dietary fibre and vitamins E and A.
The poor old turnip isn’t exactly the best looking root vegetable in the world, and is often referred to as the ugly dumpling. But its looks shouldn’t put you off, because this is one smart and healthy root.
Indeed, the turnip is so smart that both its roots and its leaves are marvellously nutritious. Turnips are great for aiding your digestive system, your lungs, bones, and even your cardiovascular health. A single serving is enough to give you 35% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C, while the root is also a good source of protein and dietary fibre.
Ah, sweet potatoes. Perhaps the loveliest root of them all! Definitely the sweetest.
It’s custom to eat sweet potatoes during the holidays, and particularly at Thanksgiving, but sweet potatoes should not be a rare treat that you look forward to; instead, they should make regular appearances on your plate. They completely outmuscle regular potatoes when it comes to health and taste, offering more nutrients and a sweet flavour.
Supercharged with the vitamins C, E and B6, they’re also rich in magnesium and potassium. Moreover, they’re extraordinarily versatile, meaning you can roast ‘em, fry ‘em, ‘stew ‘em or bake ‘em. Do what you want with them!
Many people don’t realise that ginger is actually a root because it is often used either as a spice to add flavour to meals, or it’s drank as a tea. But ginger is a root, and it’s one of the most fabulous ones out there.
As well as adding a zest to your dishes, ginger comes with numerous health benefits. It is known to combat nausea, reduce inflammation, ease nausea, and get the blood circulating better. And this is just for starters!
Lots of people confuse yams for sweet potatoes, and, like sweet potatoes, they think they’re just for the holiday season.
But yams are forever, and are not related to the sweet potato in any way, shape or form. They’re completely independent! Indeed, yams have more in common with the cassava, and they grow to be HUGE.
They’re also really healthy too, and arm your body with vitamin B6, dietary fibre and potassium. You can add them to a stew, or you can include them in noodle dishes.
Parsnips come from the same family as carrots, so if you love carrots you’ll love parsnips too. Or so the theory goes.
Celery also belongs to this family (it’s just a love-in basically), and they all pretty much have similar health benefits. But if you’re looking for an alternative to carrots, we suggest trying parsnips because they really are a fantastic source of potassium, vitamin C and dietary fibre. And they also taste great.
Moreover, parsnips’ fibre is known to be more soluble than carrots, and has been found to lower your risk of diabetes.
Winter is at last upon many of us, so we thought we’d open your eyes to an alternative to the traditional butternut squash – winter squash!
Winter squash provides a zeal of antioxidants that help to fight the nasty free radicals that swim around your body. These potent antioxidants include beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. All of these promote eye health and are ace at keeping your vision in tact.
Winter squash is also very starchy and contain polysaccharides. They make for a great compliment to wintry stews and soups. Fantastic.
The turnip might be the ugly duckling, but garlic is the “stinking rose” of the root vegetable world. Despite its name, it adds so much flavour to so many dishes, and provides a whole host of amazing health benefits too.
Among its benefits are its dedication to preserving the health of your metabolism, heart and anti-viral agents, it can also prevent oxidative stress and relax inflammation. It’s also one of the 5 vegetables you really should try to eat at least a couple of times a week. But don’t try to kiss your crush right after you ate your garlic meal.
Radishes are peppery roots that aid weight loss because they manage to make you feel fuller for longer. Despite this, they contain just 20 calories per serving cup!
They are bursting with a whole host of nutrients, including dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium. They boost heart health, aid with detoxification and can cleanse your kidney.