Recipes: Steamed Sweet Veggies

Some of my clients have trouble with sweets. They crave them for various reasons, and frequently people will come to me for help in quitting sweets.

Getting sugar out of your diet can seem like an insurmountable task at times. If you eat anything somewhat processed, or any restaurant food at all, you’re likely to be eating sugar. The worst part is that you don’t even know it most of the time.

When you first start cutting sugar out of your diet, you might find yourself going through severe withdrawal. To ease some of the discomfort, try adding in some sweet vegetables into your diet. Add sweet-smelling spices like cinnamon and cardamom to your veggies, and you might not even notice that you don’t have a bit of sugar on them.

Start with any 2-5 of these vegetables:

Corn, carrots, onions, beets, winter squash, sweet potato, turnips, parsnips and rutabaga

1. Chop the hardest ones – like carrots and root veggies – into smaller pieces. Softer veggies, like onions, can be cut into chunks

2. Layer vegetables in a pot, hardest ones on the bottom – the bottom layer will cook more.

3. Add about 1 inch of water to the pot. Cook until veggies are soft.

4. Empty veggies into a bowl. Sprinkle with spices as desired. Use cooking water as a hot beverage or delicious sweet sauce

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