4 Low-Carb Root Vegetables Your Veganuary Diet Is Crying out For

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Photo credit: Alexandra Ribeiro / EyeEm

So you've decided to turn vegan. By now you've probably realised that supersets of brown rice and sweet potato can quickly become tiresome. The solution is to unearth the neglected nutritional benefits of root vegetables. Promote these alternative carbs from side dish to star of the show with the culinary know-how of Nick Deverell-Smith, chef patron at the Cotswolds gastropub The Churchill Arms. Believe us, you鈥檒l be hungry for an encore.

4 Low-calorie Root Vegetables


Though they might not quite give you night vision, carrots are a must-eat for men. Packed with beta-carotene and vitamin E, they help to boost your sperm count and improve
your prostate health.

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Photo credit: vitalssss


When it comes to post-workout fuel, purple reigns. The high concentration of nitrates helps to accelerate recovery to keep DOMS at bay. Make beets a mainstay of your eating plan and they鈥檒l boost your long-distance fitness, too.


Not only does this underrated bulb have a delicious aniseed flavour, it also bolsters your defences against the man-flu germs in your office. Its selenium increases the production
of T cells, the terminators of your immune system that fight infection.

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Photo credit: Louisa Parry


The celery root is high in potassium and vitamin K, which are crucial for heart health. An analysis of 16 observational studies found that a higher potassium intake was associated with a 13 per cent lower risk of stroke.

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