Go Get Some Root Veggies!

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, a practicing nutritionist in upstate New York, loves root vegetables, stuff like carrots, turnips, jicama, beets and radishes. She likes that they’re cheap, perfect for these economic tough times. They’ve got a long self life, some as long as 3 weeks! And veggies, like parsnips and rutabagas are high in potassium, which helps to control blood pressure; via CalorieLab.

Root vegetables, such as beets and carrots, are packed with fiber and powerful antioxidants, like cartonoids and betacyanin, which protect against cancer by inhibiting cell mutations. And these anti-cancer properties are also found in other fruits and veggies, like nuts, beans, peppers, tomatoes, oranges and especially leafy greens, such as broccoli and watercress.

Now, beets are great for making healthy desserts and you can totally find them on the cheap. I once found a pile of beets and turnips for under a buck!

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Melody Scherubel - February 24, 2009 2:01 PM

I totally agree!!! Wish I liked beets, though. Unfortunately they make me gag.

Monty - February 25, 2009 10:06 AM

Among root vegetables, how about petrishkes? In the old country (Brooklyn), petrishkes and postinoks were main staple foods, like carrots. Postinoks (parsnips) are commonly available, but you can't find petrishkes (parsley root) anywhere. We used these as standard ingredients in vegetable soups.

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