Feb 15, 2014

Healing Roots: Yam & Carrot with Ginger

Healing Roots: Yam & Carrot with Ginger

As winter rages across the great plains, it’s actually quite moderate here in the Pacific Northwest. Some days feel like spring; others are drenched with Seattle gloom, fog and rain. I certainly don’t miss the dark, blustery winters of Chicago, but I do miss sitting down for dinner with my old roommate, Jessica.

When garnet yams—also called sweet potatos—were in season, Jess would roast them with garlic, ginger, olive oil and fresh rosemary. We’d connect in our fragrant brownstone apartment, snow and ice hugging the windows, and warm up with steaming food, red wine, purring cats and life talk. 

When I tasted this yam juice by juicebox, my mind was flooded with memories of Chicago and Jess, our playful cats, and our mutual love for spicy-sweet comforting winter food.

Not much can replace the healthy side-effects of loving friends, silly felines and good conversation, but this yam juice comes pretty close. With a velvety texture and gentle warming bite, the root vegetables create a delicious healing elixir that can restore your body and aide your digestive system. 

The garnet yam is an orange-fleshed sweet potato that likes to masquerade as a yam. Interestingly, a sweet potato is not a potato at all! It’s a completely different species, rich in vitamin A & C, with a unique storage protein (sporamins) that heal the plant if it’s wounded! The vitamins and sporamins collaborate to rejuvenate our cells and protect us from oxidative stress.

Ginger is an ancient eastern herbal remedy with potent anti-inflammatory properties. It’s used a palate cleanser at sushi restaurants, and it is plentiful in Thai cuisine. More recent research demonstrates that ginger is an effective medicine for settling the stomach and bolstering the immune system.

Carrots are an antioxidant, immune system power house. The potent phytonutrient beta-carotene in carrots supports a healthy reproductive system, builds healthy skin, reduces inflammation and even slow the aging process by preventing degeneration of tissue.

Ready for the recipe? Go to juicebox, where chef Kari Brunson shares the secret to making this delicious juice on the juiceblog.