It’s so important to give your body all of the nutrients and vitamins it needs during the winter. These months bring colds, flus, and a plethora of other sicknesses. To combat them, make sure that you’re getting all your servings of fruits and vegetables. Root vegetables pack plenty of nutrients and have bold flavors that will leave your mouth wanting more. Winter is a great time to experiment with cooking roasted winter root vegetables.
Check out this list of healthy root vegetables, along with a recipe.
Healthy Root Vegetables
When you’re peeling the onions to put in your soups or casseroles, peel off as little of the outer layers as possible. The outer layers of onions are more concentrated in flavonoids, which provide antibacterial benefits.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes will go great in almost any winter dish, and they’re widely available. Sweet potatoes are very nutritious, especially when it comes to fiber, vitamins C and B6, potassium, and manganese, and they’ve got a massive amount of vitamin A. They also are a good source of antioxidants. Roasted sweet potatoes make for a delicious side dish.
Turnips can seem intimidating when you think about adding them to your diet. However, turnips can replace potatoes in most recipes. Try adding turnips to the vegetables included in your next stir fry—they have an impressive nutrient profile, so you’ll stay healthy with this potato substitute.
The “white carrots,” parsnips are harder than carrots and have a warm flavor to them. Full of nutritional benefits, like high fiber, folate, and potassium, parsnips are a wonderful root veggie to add to your winter diet.
Probably the most well-known root vegetable, carrots are also the most nutritious. If you’re lacking in vitamin A, eat some carrots—they have 428% of the daily recommended value. There are so many ways to add the healthy carrot into your winter diet, whether it’s raw with a dip or in soups or side dishes.
Similar to carrots, fennel has quite a distinct flavor and aroma. The essential oils within offer an array of nutritional benefits—it’s even been used as a natural treatment for anemia, since it’s heavy in iron. Add some roasted fennel for a nutritious and flavorful meal.
Here’s our favorite roasted winter root vegetable recipe to incorporate into your weekly meal planning:
• 10 oz. carrots, peeled, trimmed, and halved
• 10 oz. parsnips, peeled, trimmed, and halved
• 2 small turnips, peeled, cut into eighths
• 2 red potatoes, quartered
• 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and quartered
• 1 small or ½ large kabocha or acorn squash, peeled and seeded
• 6 small shallots, peeled and halved
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 2 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
• 1 tsp. kosher salt
• ½ tsp. ground black pepper