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Root Veggies: You’ll Dig 'Em!  

They fill our homes with wonderful aromas as they’re being prepared, they taste delicious, and they satisfy our hunger and stick to our ribs. Read on for more reasons why root veggies are so groovy!   Beets  Choose smooth, round beets with fresh, crisp green leaves on top. Bake or steam beets to make the fiber, potassium, and vitamin C more available to the body. Store beets in the crisper in your fridge. Remove the greens before storing, and keep them in a plastic bag in the fridge until you’re ready to steam them (like spinach or other leafy greens).   CarrotsThe rumors are true—carrots are good for your eyes. Their bright color is a sign that they’re high in carotenoids, which also protect against heart disease and cancer. Look for firm, bright orange carrots with fresh green tops, and trim off the greens before storing carrots in perforated bags. Circulating air keeps them from tasting bitter.   Turnips  A good source of fiber and vitamins A and C, turnips taste best raw or steamed to preserve their vitamin C. Peeled raw turnip can be grated into a salad. When buying, look for firm, smooth, medium-sized white turnips with fresh green leaves on top.   Parsnips  High in fiber and low in fat, parsnips are an excellent source of folate and a good source of vitamin C. Look for smooth, cream- or tan-colored parsnips that are small to medium in size. The bigger the parsnip, the woodier its texture.   Sweet Potatoes  Rich in fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which comes from the pigments that give these veggies their orange-yellow color. Look for solid potatoes that are thick in the center and tapering toward the ends. They should feel heavy for their size. Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark cabinet, not in the fridge.

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