Parsnip Carrot Mash is a healthy, low calorie twist on traditional mashed potatoes. A delicious and easy to make side perfect to pair with any protein! Paleo + Vegan + Gluten Free + Low Calorie
It's been awhile since I've done a healthy food substitute so today I'm here with a twist on mashed potatoes.
There is nothing wrong with mashed potatoes. In fact, my healthy mashed potato recipe is one of my most popular holiday recipes!
Parsnip carrot mash is another healthy side dish you can add to your meals to make vegetable eating more enjoyable. This healthy parsnip dish would also be great as a healthy holiday side dish!
Why is this important to a dieter? GI is important for people losing weight because it represents the rate at which your body will convert a carbohydrate to glucose (aka sugar) in the body.
When high GI foods are consumed, blood sugar will rises rapidly & can cause increased fat storage.
We all know what happens too when blood sugar rises. It crashes a few hours later and we're craving for more sugar. It's a horrible cycle and will squash your weight loss goals.
It's especially important for diabetics to monitor this closely too. This is exactly why I ditched potatoes when I was losing 80 pounds.
Even today I eat potatoes minimally and when I do, I stick to yams and sweet potatoes for the health benefits they provide.
My body processes them better too than the white ones. I'm really only able to eat them today because of the intense conditioning and fitness. Sometimes my body just needs the extra energy.
The good news is there are ways to trick yourself into having those "mashed potatoes" in a healthier way and I have you covered with this divine parsnip carrot mash.
As you guys know, I'm always looking for unique ways to improve the nutritional value of my meals while making them weight watcher friendly.
This easy mash is a great way to eat your vegetables and trick yourself into thinking you're eating potatoes. The texture is just like mashed potatoes and they taste AH...MAZing.
While carrots are still a carbohydrate, they have approximately half the GI as a white potato and won't cause blood sugar to elevate as rapidly as a potato. Stability is what you're after in weight loss.
This parsnip carrot mash would make a great side dish with any meal you would pair potatoes. This mash would be a great Thanksgiving substitution. Just a hint. Let me know what you guys think!
Parsnip Carrot Mash
- 2 parsnips peeled
- 1 cup carrots peeled
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven 375 F and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut cleaned and peeled carrots and parsnips into 1 inch pieces.
- Add to the carrot and parsnip pieces to a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil.
- Bake 35 minutes or until vegetables are roasted and soft. Remove vegetables from the oven.
- Add to a food processor or blender then add the vegetable broth, salt and pepper.
- Puree the vegetables until a consistency appears like potatoes. Serve with your favorite meal!
- Store in the refrigerator up to 7 days.