Getting your five-a-day is vital to maintaining good health, and the range of hearty root veg available at this time of year will help you on your way. For example, the beta-carotene in carrots that provides their rich orange pigment easily transforms into vitamin A in the body, acting as an antioxidant; parsnips contain folate, which aids metabolism; and the humble potato contains plenty of fibre to aid your digestive system.
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Seasonal root veggies are delicious when roasted, or mashed with a small amount of butter or crème fraiche.
Why not try mashed parsnips, turnips, or carrot and swede? Pair this veg with roast chicken and you can enjoy a protein-packed dish full of vitamins and minerals. If you find yourself craving a sugary hit, try snacking on a clementine or satsuma, which are available all year round and contain plenty of disease-fighting vitamin C.
A great way to include your fivea-day is to replace typical comfort food with healthier alternatives. Prepare homemade vegetable soup using fresh seasonal produce such as leeks and potatoes to fill a gap. If you have a sweet tooth, then create a warming bowl of stewed fruit to satisfy your cravings.