“If you do not try to make food delicious, you will find that nature has made it so.”
~ Masanobu Fukuoka
Food as Medicine
Many people think that healing diets are restrictive, but for me it expanded the variety of foods I eat. There are so many delicious vegetables I never tried before going AIP. Rutabaga is one of those, and now it’s a favorite! It’s a beautiful blend of savory and sweet, and filled with nutrition to support healing. Here are 4 reasons to include this underrated veggie in your diet:
- Rutabaga is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. Dr. Terry Wahls recommends we eat 3 cups of vegetables from this family every day. Why? They contain sulfur-rich glucosinolates, which support our ability to detoxify and even reduce our risk of cancer.
- It doubles as a brightly colored vegetable. You’ve heard the recommendation to eat the rainbow – each color represents unique phytochemicals that benefit our health. Rutabaga checks off the yellow/orange box.
- It’s high in vitamin C. Just one cup cooked rutabaga contains 53% of your daily requirement. Many people don’t realize that vegetables can be a great source of vitamin C.
- It contains ample amounts of two important minerals that support our cellular function body-wide: potassium and magnesium.
Bonus: you’ll notice this recipe contains a head of garlic as well. Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. Terry Wahls loves garlic so much that she considers 2 cloves to be nutritionally equal to a full cup of another vegetable.Print
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Credit: recipe photograph taken by Kate Jay