One of the most important things we can do to improve our diets is to improve the quality of our food sources. While I don’t believe rice is inherently “bad”, the vast majority of people in developed countries consume far too many simple carbohydrates, especially sugar. One way to reduce the amount of carbohydrates while increasing fiber, and many other important vitamins and minerals in our diets is to replace them with vegetables.
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.
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.