As we welcome the new season, we can’t help but enjoy the bright fall colours, the familiar warm and cozy smells of crock pot stews and stove top soups, and the excitement that comes with changing wardrobes to add in those fashionable layers. It’s a comfortable time of year for most that sparks change, inspiration, creativity, but most excitingly, the new yet familiar nutritious warming fall recipes.
Here are 5 reasons why you should be adding these root vegetables to your soups and stews!
Nitrates in beets may help to improve blood flow! Beets are rich in dietary nitrates which the body converts into nitric oxide, enlarging blood vessels and improving the flow of blood to tissues and organs. Research by Professor David Proctor from Penn State University suggests that there is no direct improvement in exercise performance from eating beets or drinking beet juice however more research is underway to see if there may be a correlation in other populations since the study was only performed on young healthy subjects with blood pressure and cholesterol in the “very healthy” range. What do you think?
Turnip the beet! Turnips are rich in vitamin C which helps the body absorb more of the iron from iron-rich beets. According to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, prolonged vitamin C supplementation does not really do too much to improve the body’s ability in absorbing iron BUT instead, combining vitamin C rich foods and iron rich foods at the time of a meal does. Next time you're in the kitchen, think beets and turnips together!
Boost your vitamin A! Your mother used to say “Eat your carrots and you’ll get X-Ray vision, right?” That was one way to convince you. There is some truth to this statement because carrots are rich in the vitamin A precursor, beta-carotene. When combined with fats, this valuable vision enhancing nutrient becomes more bioavailable. Aside from maintaining healthy eyesight, this vitamin is critical for bone health as well as immune health. Throw in the carrots!
Keep your blood sugar in check! Yams and sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index and they contain a good amount of fibre. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates are broken down and released into the bloodstream compared to white sugar or bread. To help regulate blood sugar even more, add a pinch or two of true cinnamon!
Ginger warms ya’up! It naturally boosts your body’s temperature and during this time of year, that’s definitely a good thing! So be sure to grate that into your stew or soup and for that higher intensity, throw it into your juicer as a regular warming shot! Can you handle it?
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