Sweet Sensational Vegetables – Zen Life

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Prepare for the next time the sweets at the craft service table call your name! Jessica shares veggies you can eat to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Almost everyone craves sweets. Rather than depending on processed sugar to satisfy cravings, add naturally sweet foods to your daily diet to satisfy your sweet tooth. Sweet vegetables soothe the internal organs of the body and energize the mind, and because many of these vegetables are root vegetables, they are energetically grounding. This helps to balance out the spaciness people often feel after eating other kinds of sweet foods. Adding in sweet vegetables helps to crowd out less healthy foods in the diet.

Sweet Vegetables Semi-sweet vegetables Other Vegetables
Examples Corn, carrots, onions, beets, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and yams Turnips, parsnips, and rutabagas Red radishes, daikon, green cabbage, and burdock
Flavor Sweet when cooked Subtly sweet Don’t taste sweet, but have a similar effect on the body in that they maintain blood sugar levels, reduce sweet cravings, and break down animal foods in the body

A simple way to cook these vegetables is to follow the recipe below that we call Sweet Sensation. It has few ingredients and the preparation time is minimal.

Sweet Sensation Recipe:

  1. Use one to five of the sweet vegetables mentioned above
  2. Chop the hardest ones, such as carrots and beets, into smaller pieces
  3. Softer vegetables, like onions and cabbage, can be cut into larger chunks
  4. Use a medium-sized pot and add enough water to barely cover the vegetables. You may want to check the water level while cooking and add more water if needed. Remember: vegetables on the bottom will get cooked more than the ones on the top. Cook until desired softness. The softer the vegetables get, the sweeter they become.
  5. You may also add any of the following ingredients: spices, salt, or  seaweed. You can add tofu or a can of beans for extra protein.
  6. When the vegetables are cooked to your satisfaction, empty the ingredients into a large bowl, flavor as desired, and eat. The leftover cooking water makes a delicious, sweet sauce and is a healing, soothing tonic to drink by itself.

Other cooking methods include steaming, roasting, and stir-frying. They can also be simmered and pureed to create a soup, or you can simply eat them raw, grated in a salad. Be creative!

 

Jessica Allison is a work at home mom, fine art photographer, makeup and skin care enthusiast, and lover of history and the outdoors. Check her out at facebook.com/groups/flygirllips or www.idahochildrensphotography.com

 

 

 

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