Sweet Root Vegetables: Add More to Your Diet to Reduce Cravings! 

When the weather starts to get colder, there is nothing that I crave more than sweet root vegetables such as carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and yams.

Not only do these foods seem to be comforting and remind us about the holidays but they also warm us up and literally will help stave off sugar cravings.

Many of my clients shy away from these vegetables due to their starch content thinking eating them will make them fat but nothing could be further from the truth! Adding more root vegetables to your diet will only help you feel satiated and ultimately result in weight loss.

Not only are sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and other root vegetables high in vitamin A or beta-carotene, which improves the health of our skin and prevents acne and other skin disorders but they are also high in vitamins C, D, E, G and K.  Because root vegetables contain natural sugars that elevate your blood sugars gently rather than delivering a quick jolt like refined, simple carbohydrates do, they can safely reduce your cravings for sweets.

They are also healing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and help remove toxins from the body. Some claim that eating these vegetables helps lactating women produce more milk and helps relieve cramps and PMS.

Below are some of our family’s favorite recipes! The whole family absolutely adores the Butternut Squash & Coconut Soup recipe and the sweet potato fries are always a huge hit!

Butternut Squash & Coconut Soup
1 butternut squash (you can also use 2 sweet potatoes or yams)
1 can of unsweetened, organic coconut milk (you can buy this in most health shops)
4 dried dates
6 tbsps maple syrup
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice

Take the skin off the outside of the butternut squash, cube and take out the seeds. In a small bowl, soak the dried dates until soft. If you have a Vitamix blender then place the cubes of butternut squash inside the blender and blend on high until fairly smooth. Add the dates, coconut milk, maple syrup and spices and blend until smooth and hot.

If you do not have a Vitamix, then place the butternut squash on the stove top and cook until soft. Drain the butternut squash and dates and place them in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup and spices and blend until smooth. Truly this soup is delicious, healthy and so easy to make!

Sweet Potato “French Fries”   (My children LOVE these!)
2 large sweet potatoes (and/or carrots, beets or regular potatoes)
Olive oil
Sea salt
Ground pepper
Dried oregano and rosemary (optional)
Maple syrup

Cut the sweet potatoes or other vegetables into thick fry-size slices. If you are using carrots or beets, make sure you peel them first. Place on a baking sheet and liberally douse with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and perhaps a little pepper and, if your crew is adventurous, oregano and rosemary. Place in the oven and cook at 350 degrees until golden brown. You will need to make sure to turn them as well. Serve with a side of maple syrup (high in iron) for dipping!

1 Comment

  • Kurt
    July 27th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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