Long before food processing, the only source of sweet tastes were plant foods such as squash, sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, onions, beets, blueberries, oatmeal grains, fruit, and spices like cinnamon.  It is no coincidence these sweet foods are also excellent sources of nutrients, energy, and fiber – everything we need to maintain our health.  The best way to curb or alleviate increased sugar cravings is to provide the body with the sweetness that it needs by regularly eating naturally sweet foods.

Sweet vegetables soothe the internal organs of the body and energize the mind.  Because many of these sweet vegetables are root vegetables, they are energetically grounding, which helps to balance out the spaciness people often feel after eating other kinds of sweet foods.  Adding in sweet vegetables helps crowd out less healthy foods in the diet.

Cooking methods for sweet vegetables include steaming, roasting, boiling and stir=frying.  Sweet vegetables can also be simmered and pureed to create a soup, or you can simply eat them raw, grated in salads.  Be creative!

I like to roast large batches of veggies and have them ready for a quick meal or side.  It’s perfect with some quinoa or brown rice with avocado for a healthy fast-food meal at home.

Semi-sweet vegetables include turnips, parsnips, and rutabagas. I like to include different types of naturally sweet vegetables to my meals, rotating recipes and keeping a variety in my diet.

Add a dash of salt to fresh fruit to open up your taste buds; it will taste sweeter.

If we are on a healthier diet, nourishing ourselves with milder forms of sweet vegetables, we don’t need a big sugar hit from a candy bar or soda to boost our energy levels.  In fact, candy bars don’t even taste good anymore.  I love having that happy side-effect of eating naturally sweet foods instead.  🙂

Treat Yourself Well!


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