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3 Root Veggies That Should Be on Your Menu

By Genevieve Cunningham

When most people think about vegetables, they generally think about the same old list of foods. Broccoli, celery, lettuce. Maybe that's why it's so hard to keep vegetables on the menu … because it gets boring! If you want to eat healthy, changing up your vegetables can keep it interesting while still providing you with plenty of vitamins and minerals. But what should you choose? If you need a little variety in your vegetable menu, take a look at these root veggies to give a try.

First, Why Root Veggies?

Most root vegetables are high in fiber. This means that they're absorbed slowly and keep you feeling fuller longer. They're also a complex carb, which is better for the body than other carbohydrates. Research also suggests that root veggies can help with weight loss, improve skin and eye health, and lower the risk of diabetes and other major diseases.

What Should You Try?

There are quite a few choices if you're adding root vegetables into your menu. In fact, there are probably a lot more than you realize! If you need a few ideas, some good veggies might include:

  • Carrots - Yes, carrots are a root! And they're crunchy and delicious. Carrots are great for the eyes, sweet to the taste, and an easy addition to any menu. Add these as a snack, a side, or to your salad to enjoy the benefits.

  • Beets - This blood red veggie is great for the body. It's high in Vitamin C, which means it helps boost the immune system. It also contains plenty of fiber, potassium, and manganese. Beets are beneficial to the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and blood. With one little vegetable, you'll be bringing big benefits to your life.

  • Turnips - This is a veggie with a really specific flavor, so prepare your taste buds. But once you get accustomed to it, turnips can bring depth to a meal. And the benefits? Turnips contain Vitamin C, B, iron, and calcium. They're easy to include in various recipes and a great choice to expand your palate.

If you need a little change in your menu, give these root vegetables a try. They're easy, tasty, and beneficial. Expanding your vegetable choices is always a good idea, so open your mind (and refrigerator!) to keep your kitchen healthy and interesting.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverdale, Utah.

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