Holiday Alternatives to Mashed Potatoes

We’re obsessed with mashed potatoes. They’re creamy, fluffy buttery bites of heavenly starch. Who wouldn’t love them? Unfortunately, our thighs, abs, and buttocks aren’t as in love with them—neither are our digestive systems, which get clogged up with all those starches over the holiday season. Fortunately, there are plenty of other mashing-worthy vegetables out there, just waiting to go into our holiday menus! Here are a few vegetables you’ve got to try mashed.

Celery root.
You may also know of it as celeriac, but this knobby, gnarly looking vegetable is quite literally the root of celery. Like most other root vegetables, celery root is full of potassium, iron, and fiber. But unlike most of its close relatives, celery root is extremely low in starch and in calories.

Pumpkin.

The beloved autumnal squash is more than just pie filling and jack o’ lantern fodder. Pumpkin mashes up just as well as the traditional potato, with a bit more flavor and nutrition. That orange pigmentation in the flesh reflects its antioxidant powers, so eat up and enjoy the anti-carcinogenic properties of this squash. In addition, it’s known to boost lung function, digestion, and the immune system.

Millet.

Millet is what you might call a super-grain. It’s gluten-free, full of protein, and is easily digestible. Furthermore, it tastes unlike any other grain. It cooks into nutty, sweet granules that work deliciously in hearty stews, puddings, and porridges. Add it to your whole grain baking recipes and enjoy the gluten-free sweet touch it adds. Plus, millet is loaded with tummy-friendly fiber, and it’s especially friendly for those that normally have trouble digesting grains.

When combined with cauliflower, a mighty cruciferous vegetable, you get a mashed dish that almost replicated mashed potatoes. It’s fluffy, creamy, and full of buttery sweetness. This one’s a fave.

Turnips.

These cool-weather vegetables, once eaten in mass by poor farmers during the Middle Ages, are now bottom-of-the-barrel winter produce. But these cruciferous veggies, like most others in their family, have strong detoxifying and cancer-fighting properties, and they are rich in minerals like calcium and iron. They are known to purify the blood and can be a great addition to a casual winter cleansing diet. Here’s a great way to get some cruciferous into the diet while reducing the normal starches.

 

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