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Healthy Foods That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

November 8, 2017

 

Did everyone have a nice Halloween? You know, I LOVE Halloween. The costumes, the creativity, the spooky shows, the creepy food - I LOVE IT! Although this year was awfully cold. Barely any kiddos in adorable costumes braved the rainy/snowy 30-something degree weather to come knocking at my door. Bummer. BUT it was still a good excuse to listen to the monster mash on repeat. 

With the candy craze of Halloween behind us, lingering sweet cravings hang in the air. 

 

Almost everyone craves sweets. But are you feeling like they are especially annoying right now? Like instead of one sweet tooth, you have a mouth of sweet teeth?? 

 

Instead of diving for refined and processed sugary goodies, adding naturally sweet foods to your daily diet can be a super effective way to keep your sweet teeth under control. 

 

Sweet vegetables in particular have a way of soothing your innards and energizing the mind. And, because many of these veggies are root veggies, they have a "grounding" energy- great for balancing the spaciness we can experience after eating other kinds of sweet foods. 

 

Adding in all-you-can-eat sweet vegetables help to crowd out other, less healthy sweets in your diet. 

 

There are many very simple ways to prepare and eat sweet vegetables, but I am going to share with you my favorite this time of year.... roasting!

Sweet Vegetables 

 

 

 

 These vegetables are very sweet when cooked. Other semi-sweet vegetables include: Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabaga. 

 

More options still! The following vegetables may not taste sweet but have a similar effect on the body: Red Radishes, Daikon, Green Cabbage, Burdock

 

 Recipe

 

Sweet Tooth's Delight

  1. Choose a few of the sweet vegetables list above, in any combination. 

  2. Chop hard vegetables into smaller pieces

  3. Chop the softer vegetables into larger chunks

  4. Toss vegetables in a large bowl with oil and seasonings of your choice - this time of year I like rosemary, thyme, salt and add pepper after roasting!

  5. Dump your oiled/seasoned veggies on a baking sheet, make a nice even layer.

  6. Cover and roast for 20 minutes, uncover for about 7 more minutes or until tender and crispy. 

  7. Serve over prepared brown rice

  8. Top with your favorite sauces and seasoning! I like to add avocado, pumpkin seeds, and a dash of vinaigrette. 

  9. Remember, be creative - anything goes!

Keeping that sweet tooth happy can be healthy!

 

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