December is National Root Vegetables Month and it’s no wonder – they are at their peak this time of year, having nestled snuggly underground for a late fall harvest. They include onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets and carrots, just to name a few. Full of fiber and complex carbohydrates, they are also good sources of antioxidants and phytochemicals, those powerful substances that fight cancer and aging. Use them to add flavor to stir fry, substance to soup, and variety to your favorite protein. Feeling extra adventurous? Rutabagas are sweet, inexpensive, and high in vitamin C; I like these recipes from Cooking Light.
Just One Thing to do: Include a variety of root vegetables in your diet, starting today!