Diabetes Self-Management

Celebrate Spring!

The spring season is a time to explore and renew. Just as physical and mental well-being are important components of healthy living with diabetes, so is eating deliciously well. If available in your area, your local farmers’ market or community-supported agriculture (CSA) program make excellent places to purchase foods fresh and in season and talk with the farmers.

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The unpretentious nutty and mild-tasting parsnip is easy to cook and pairs well with its cousin, the carrot. It is no nutrition slacker—parsnips are a good source of dietary fiber, folate, potassium and manganese. Manganese is a trace mineral responsible for many body functions, including the metabolism of glucose.

Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Red Onion

4 SERVINGS | ABOUT ¾ CUP

CAL 107 | FAT 3G | SAT FAT 0G | PROTEIN 2G | CARBS 21G | CHOL 0MG | FIBER 5G | SODIUM 197MG

DIETARY EXCHANGE 1 BREAD/STARCH, 1/2 FAT, 1 VEGETABLE

2 carrots (9 ounces), cut into 2-inch-long pieces
2 parsnips (9 ounces), cut into 2-inch-long pieces
¾ cup vertically sliced red onion (¼-inch slices)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line large baking sheet with foil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Combine carrots, parsnips, onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in large bowl; toss to coat. Spread in single layer on prepared baking sheet.

3. Roast 25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

Note: Parsnips are a pale white root vegetable similar to the carrot in shape. The parsnip, however, is broader at the top and has a smoother skin. The longer it stays in the ground, the sweeter it becomes. Choose parsnips that are firm, unblemished and small or medium in size (about 8 inches long). Rinse and scrub parsnips with a vegetable brush to remove embedded soil. Peel parsnips with a swivel-bladed vegetable peeler or paring knife. Trim off ends and discard. For even cooking, parsnips are best chopped, cubed, sliced or cut into strips.

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