Now that July 4th is right around the corner, we celebrate America’s independence with delicious home-made BBQ and cold refreshing beverages. As you start preparing those festive summer menus, remember that instead of gorging on cupcakes and brownies, satiate your sweet tooth with naturally sweet foods. Almost everyone craves sweets, but by swapping processed sugars with sweet veggies, you can lessen your cravings while simultaneously soothing the body and energizing the mind. Also, root veggies are very grounding for the body, so while your flying high on parties and social activities, integrating root veggies into your diet will keep you more balanced an relaxed....A great tip to remember, especially if your the host. Adding sweet veggies helps to crowd out less healthy foods and control unnecessary caloric cravings.
Get creative....choose your favorite sweet veggie below and add it to a salad, create a slaw, grill it, or bake it. Either way your sweet tooth and waistline will thank you!
|Last year's July 4th in Laguna Beach, CA
Sweet veggies: Corn, carrots, onions, beets, winter squash, sweet potatoes and yams.
Semi-Sweet veggies: turnips, parsnips and rutabages
Other veggies (that don’t taste sweet but have the same effect maintaining blood sugar levels, and reduce sweet cravings):red radishes, daikon, green cabbage and burdock
Below is an excellent “sweet” recipe that was passed along from my holistic nutition school, Integrative Nutrition. Eat it warm outside on a summer's night or take it to the beach the next day, cold. Its delicious either way!!
2 ears of corn (corn sliced off)
1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
1 teaspoon Braggs Liquid Amino
1. Heat oil in a large skillet or pan,
2. Add carrots, stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients and stir for 2 minutes. Then add a splash of water, cover and allow to steam for 3 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, stir and leave covered for 2-3 minutes, depending how crunchy you like your veggies.
5. Sprinkle soy sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos and stir,
|Happy July 4th!