Ginger—Ginger is one of the best natural anti-pain remedies. Technically it is a spice but it is ideal for winter since it reduces joint pain that plagues so many people with arthritis this time of year. It also adds warmth to foods and beverages making freshly minced garlic a welcome addition to most soups, stews, and curries.
Rutabaga—Contrary to popular belief, rutabagas are not turnips. The most common rutabagas are larger than turnips, have purple and cream-colored skins, and tend to have a cream to yellow-colored flesh. It is high in anti-cancer compounds, immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy nervous system. They are great in soups, stews, curries, and other places you’d use hardy winter veggies. I love them cut into small cubes, tossed with a bit of olive oil and sea salt and roasted in the oven on 350 for about an hour.
Squash—Squash is rich in beta-carotene, the nutrient that gives squash its brilliant orange-colored flesh. Enjoy it cut in half, seeded, and roasted. Add roasted squash to soups, salads, stews, or in wraps and on sandwiches. Use grated, raw squash in muffin recipes, in place of zucchini in zucchini bread recipes, or in other baked goods to increase their nutritional value.
Sweet Potatoes—Like squash, sweet potatoes are also high in beta carotene. They also contain vitamins C, B6, and minerals like blood-building iron, energy-boosting potassium, and Nature’s relaxant, magnesium. Enjoy them chopped into French fry-shapes, tossed in a little olive oil and sea salt and baked in the oven for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Turnips—Turnips are a good source of fiber which helps to keep blood sugar levels steady and stabilize energy and moods. They are also a rich source of glucosinolates—the precursors of isothiocyanates that are proven anti-cancer powerhouses.
By Michelle Schoffro Cook
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.
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