Graham Beaton BHSc, ND
Ottawa Naturopathic Doctor

If you are looking to maintain your New Year’s Resolution and are looking for a new vegetable to eat, try parsnips. Parsnips are a root vegetable from the Umbelliferae family which includes carrots, celery, chervil, fennel and parsley.
Parsnips are a great source of fiber (which can help with bad cholesterol), have lots of vitamin C (which helps with immune system function to fight off colds and flu), are high in the B vitamin folate and are a great source of potassium (which helps with blood pressure).

Parsnips are best at this time of year as they are the most flavorful after the first frost – when their starches turn to sugar.

Parsnips can be cooked in different ways and they taste great in soup and stews, roasted, steamed, braised, sautéed or can be used in baked goods (muffins and cakes).

If you feel like you are struggling to keep your health related New Year’s resolutions, would like help improving your diet, losing weight or addressing cholesterol, diabetes or blood pressure, give Graham a call at 613-290-6115.

Graham Beaton is a Naturopath in Ottawa at the Ottawa Collaborative Care Clinics.

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