The lowly parsnip is an often overlooked, but delicious root vegetable. Parsnips are lower in starch than potatoes and are naturally sweet, so they make an outstanding purée. Because they are high in both insoluble and soluble fiber, parsnips are excellent for overall digestive health. Parsnips (and other root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, yams, beets, jicama, and carrots) have a high content of a particular type of soluble fiber called inulin.
The health, fitness, and wellness world is anything but straightforward — wildly shifting from one hot trend to the next, companies and businesses benefit from endlessly complicating messages about health. The cacophony of information on how to be healthier, fitter, leaner, makes even the most grounded person’s head spin and ears ring.
This bright green smoothie is a gut-health boosting beverage that’s kid-approved! The cultured coconut water and kefir both contain beneficial bacteria and the kefir contains great protein, the banana is an outstanding prebiotic (fuel for healthy gut bacteria), the kale is full of vitamins, minerals (Vitamins K, A, C, B6 and manganese and copper), and fiber, and the coconut and avocado both provide nourishing fats.
The other morning while trying to get my toddler dressed, I pointed out that we were both wearing black pants, of course, she asked “why are we wearing black pants, Mommy?” My answer was, “because it’s one less decision I have to make.”
Throughout the second half of my twenties, I poured myself into professional and academic challenges as a distraction, as a way to try and control my way out of an untenable reality — that my life was not as I wanted and needed it to be. I thought if I am professionally successful, if I can earn enough money, I will be able to create a happy life. Unsurprisingly, the result of those choices was dissatisfaction and discontent. Thankfully I realized I couldn’t continue on the path I was on and I began a course correction.