This is a place where we smash diet culture. Meaning, there is no room for fad diets, eliminating food groups, juice cleanses or glorifying "clean eating." This blog is meant to bring truth and shed light on the fact that ALL foods provide us with energy no matter what. Food is meant to be enjoyed and my goal is to ultimately remove the guilt and shame that diet culture may have taught you & nurture a positive relationship with food.
Fall has FINALLY arrived in Texas and this Fall PEARed Salad is SO SIMPLE and a chance for you to learn all about Resistant Starches! It requires ONE sheet pan and I’ve got a couple tips on how you can take out the chopping portion as well! Per usual the recipe is at the bottom for those who do not want all the secret tips to making this a quick and easy weekly lunch item!
As you can see there is a boat load of delicious root vegetables (sweet potatoes & parsnips) that are toasted and sprinkled into this salad. Other common root vegetables include carrots, beets, squash, etc. These root veggies also known as “starchy” vegetables have been researched heavily due to recent discoveries of how you can increase the amount of resistant starches in them.
Resistant starches increase especially in potatoes when you let them cool first, this goes for your pastas, and rice as well. That’s why meal prepping isn’t such a bad idea after all since you will let the food sit in the fridge before eating it Monday for lunch allowing for more resistant starches to form.
Let’s STARtCH with the basics…(I’m hilarious)! Alright so starches are the main energy source for the body, these are also known as carbohydrates. Resistant starches do exactly that, RESIST being broken down via our digestive enzymes. This means the food travels all the way through your stomach, small intestine, and arrives in your colon (aka large intestine) unchanged. When food is able to arrive in your colon unchanged it allows the bacteria to ferment the starch into highly beneficial compounds.
If you do not have the time to buy fresh veggies and then cut them into tiny pieces you have two options:
Also when it comes to the pear just place it on the same sheet pan you are making your root veggies on, just make sure to save some room on the side or middle of the pan! Happy roasting you guys and hope you enjoy it!
A warmingly delicious salad PEARed with the best ingredients for your gut!