Sweets: A Better Way

You’re not the only one who craves sweets.

Really.

Almost everyone does. Sweet flavors just taste good. They also steep our brains in serotonin, the chemical responsible for our sense of well-being and contentment.

Pretty powerful stuff, huh?

Sugar cravings only become an issue when you bolt down cookies, ice cream, candy and other unhealthy foods. These processed sugar bombs leave you spacey and foggy, with spiraling blood sugar levels and jittery nerves. Just as bad: consuming one of these puts you on the fast track for even stronger sugar cravings.

Luckily there’s a saner to honor your cravings: sweeten your meals with veggies and watch your cravings plummet dramatically.

That’s right, vegetables!

Certain veggies have a rich, sweet flavor when raw or cooked. You can incorporate these delicious, sweet foods into your diet by baking sweet potatoes, roasting squash, making soup with carrots and onions, or boiling beets to add to a salad.

And because many of these vegetables are root vegetables, they are energetically grounding, helping to balance out the spacey feeling people often experience after eating other sweets. Check out Lyniece North Talmadge’s The Sweet Potato Lover’s Cookbook: More than 100 ways to enjoy one of the world’s healthiest foods , or, keep reading for a great way to eat one of these scrumptious veggies!

Roasted Kabocha Squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 whole kabocha squash

Directions:
* Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
* Scrub the squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds.
* Place halves on a lightly oiled baking dish and cover, baking for 45 minutes.
* Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes.
Note: Sprinkle your favorite spice on the squash before baking such as cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, curry, cumin or sage.

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