Parsnips Are A Pleasure To Add To Your Healthy Diet Program!

Parsnips Are A Pleasure To Add To Your Healthy Diet Program!

Parsnips are a low calorie, low fat vegetable, that is also exploding with nutritional benefits, and sweet flavor! This vegetable looks similar to carrots, can be eaten raw or cooked, and is a great choice for a snack, appetizer, and meal!

Parsnips provide an excellent source of potassium, vitamin c, folate, manganese, and fiber. Plus, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, and iron.

The high fiber content in parsnips can help keep your bowels regulated, therefore preventing constipation. Fiber also helps lower blood cholesterol levels, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and can help you feel full sooner, and the full feeling can last longer!

Although parsnips are available year round in your grocery store, prime season to buy is early spring. Parsnips are winter vegetables, and the freezing temperatures give them their sweet flavor! You can keep your parsnips at room temperature for about 7-10 days. Don’t wash them off until you are ready to eat raw, or cook them.

You can also freeze your parsnips, just cut off the tops, wash them off and peel them. You can keep whole, or cut into pieces and place in airtight freezer bags.

Parsnips can be steamed, boiled, baked, roasted, sauteed and pureed. Try a spicy parsnip soup! Just chop your parsnips into small pieces, add chopped onion, garlic, curry powder, a very small amount of light butter, and low fat plain yogurt. Simmer until parsnips are soft – about 15 minutes.

Roasted parsnips, along with some of your other favorite vegetables, is a nice side dish with your lean meat or seafood. For a healthy addition to a blended vegetable drink, toss in some parsnips! Parsnips can be enjoyed by dipping into a low calories dip! Just mix some low fat yogurt with a small amount of low fat cottage cheese and enjoy!

Have fun and experiment with parsnips!

The Power Blast!

Calories: 1/2 cup 55 calories
Protein: 1 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 4 g
Vitamin C: 10.1 mg
Calcium: 28.9 mg
Cholesterol: 0
Potassium: 286 mg
Sodium: 192 mg
Saturated Fat: 0

Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!