While we are told to avoid eating things that are white because they do not have much nutrition – this mainly refers to white sugar, white four and white salt. I certainly avoid those whites, but there are many other white edibles that are totally nutritious, such as this White Velvet Soup – perfect for a holiday meal!
There are many versions of White Velvet Soup – many of them include milk, cream or cheese and/or other vegetables that I do not care for. As you may know, I love parsnips and thought they would taste good in a soup. And they do!
Parsnips can replace white potatoes in many recipes. Some folks have to avoid white potatoes because they are in the nightshade family and contain a chemical called glycoside that can induce inflammation.
Parsnips have a lot of good nutrition in them even though they are white. Parsnips contain lots of potassium, folate and fiber, as well as calcium and vitamin C. They also have a low glycemic load.
Root vegetables in general accumulate a high concentration of antioxidants as well as vitamins C, B complex, A, and iron. They are complex carbohydrates and have a good amount of fiber. For folks who are on grain-free diets, root vegetables are a great source of carbohydrate and fiber.
Try to get organic parsnips whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.
Note: Parsnips are a more advanced food on SCD and GAPS and some folks may not tolerate them at all. Use caution when introducing parsnips if you are on a special diet or have digestive issues.
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