Rutabagas are an extremely healthy food with so many benefits! These little loves improve digestive health, prevent certain forms of cancer, lower blood pressure, aid in cellular and enzymatic function, are high in antioxidants, are high in zinc, boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, can help in weight loss, and they even serve as a great anti fungal for individuals struggling with candida. Um, that’s a lot, and it’s only a list of some of the benefits rutabaga can offer.
Let’s look at some of these benefits a little more closely.
- Great for digestive health: high in fiber, rutabagas can help to improve digestion by bulking up stool and preventing constipation. The glucosinolates present in rutabaga may also help the stomach process bacteria just like Helicobacter pylori and can help to promote the creation of bile.
- Lowers blood pressure: The potassium in rutabagas can help to lower blood pressure by reducing stress and contraction of blood vessels. The high fiber content in rutabagas can help to lower cholesterol, so the two of these together can really help to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Boosts your immune system: A single serving of rutabaga contains 50% of your daily value of vitamin C. Most of us know how beneficial vitamin C is in preventing illness by raising defense mechanisms…aka: boosting the immune system.
- Cancer prevention: Rutabagas include phytochemicals which eliminate carcinogens through the body as well as assist the liver in processing harmful toxins. Glucosinolate may possibly prevent the development of cancerous tumors. Also, as mentioned above the high level of antioxidants in rutabaga really help avoid free radical injury to our cells and DNA.
- Antifungal properties: With the average american diet containing so many sugars, candida overgrowth is an extremely common condition in today’s population. Rutabaga is a strong antifungal that can actually slow down and possibly reverse candida overgrowth.
A little while back, I was grocery shopping, and organic rutabagas were on sale, so I bought a few, and by the time I got to my car, my mind was already filling up with all the different ways I could prepare them. Later that afternoon, it was snack time, and I went on to Pinterest to look for ideas for these rutabagas. The first one to jump out at me was rutabaga fries – perfect for an afternoon snack! The pin I cam across was this one:
I changed it up quite a bit, because it called for parmesan cheese, and normally the only “cheese” I do is goat cheese as I’ve found it to be the best choice in terms of healthiness – that’s about as dairy as I get. Also, it calls for chili powder, and I just wasn’t in the mood for that type of flavoring. My version is much simpler, but it is DELICIOUS!!!
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- sea salt
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2.) Wash and peel your rutabaga, and cut into strips that look like fries.
3.) Lay the rutabaga strips on the parchment paper, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and rosemary.
4.) Place in oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes (this will vary based on how thick your strips are, so just bake until they are fork tender).
5.) Remove from oven, and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool a bit before serving – these guys hold heat well, so be careful.