As we all know, Election Day is this week! It’s a big day for America… and we’ve certainly paid our dues! We’ve heard the candidates debate about 2016’s biggest issues. We’ve watched our family and friends share their political beliefs all over our Facebook newsfeeds. We’ve even watched some hilarious, yet pretty accurate, SNL skits poke fun at the debate. I think we’re finally ready to find who our next president will be. So don’t forget to go on out there and turnip to vote! Yes, I said turnip to vote!
As we welcome the election and the cooler weather, we also welcome the cool-season vegetables. Turnips are a very nutritious root vegetable. They are very closely related to cabbage, kale, arugula, and brussel sprouts. And just like the turnip’s powerful cruciferous cousins, this vegetable offers us a ton of nutrients for a very low price and very little calories.
Turnips are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant we need to prevent damage from harmful free radicals and to help boost immunity. Did you know that eating just one medium turnip provides over 50% of your daily vitamin C needs? Now that’s some powerful stuff!
Turnips are also high in fiber. Eating about 1 cup of cooked turnip offers about 4 grams of dietary fiber. Eating a diet high in fiber can do your body wonders! Fiber helps promote regularity, as well as weight management by keeping you feeling more full longer.
Depending on what size turnip you have in your pantry, you may be getting a slightly different taste. The smaller, younger turnips have a more delicate, sweeter taste and tend to be eaten raw, like in a salad. As they grow larger, their flavor becomes more pronounced and “earthy”, making them an excellent vegetable to cook with. Try roasting them or adding them to a stew!
Another tip to share… if you buy your turnips with the green leaves on top, don’t throw them out! Turnip leaves have loads of B vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Just rinse them off, chop them up and add ‘em to your salad or your stew!
So if you’re looking for a nice hearty root vegetable as the cooler weather rolls in and the election comes to a close, look no further. Add some turnips to your grocery cart and turnip to vote!
Ashley is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian in the state of Texas. She graduated from Framingham State University, majoring in nutrition and dietetics and she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. (more)