Color Your Roots!

Fall produce feels like the best of the year.  I think it’s because it signifies a change of season, all the beautiful colors, the holidays soon upon us, and family.  Or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn tasty!  A visit to the farmers’ market this weekend revealed a bunch of new arrivals, root vegetables galore.  To a paleo enthusiast, this is heaven.  I describe the paleo diet as lean meats, fish, and poultry, leafy greens, root vegetables, nuts, and berries, no grains, no sugar, no dairy.  I explain root vegetables as carrots, beets, and parsnips, because many people can identify with them.  Turnips, radishes, and onions don’t sound as appealing to most, but I use them all the time.  My eyes were popping out of my head, discovering the new varietals at the market which rarely show.  Golden beets, white, yellow, and purple carrots were all part of my haul.  The carrot flavors are similar to the carrots you know, yet unique.  They are clearly different in texture, with subtle changes in sweetness.  The golden beets are definitely different than red beets.  They are less sweet and more earthy, which is exactly what I like for contrasting flavors.  Please experiment with new  produce, especially root vegetables.  Your plates will be beautiful.  On my Favorite Links page, you’ll see a testimonial video from Dr. Wahl on her recovery from secondary MS through the paleo diet.  She says eating a plateful of greens and a plateful of colorful vegetables each day will have a significant impact of your health.  Ditch process food and opt for these beautiful, colorful roots.

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