If you’re avoiding tubers because you think they’re too high in starchy carbs, reconsider: Potatoes are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. One potato (brown, orange, yellow or purple) contains about 20 grams of complex carbohydrates. Just don’t overdo the toppings or mix-ins, which can significantly increase the fat and calories. Dietitian Amanda Hernandez, RDN, created the perfect mix of savory toppings without busting the calorie budget. Her spicy smashed potatoes combine chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, fresh tomato, and avocado.
Fennel boasts a fresh, almost sweet, licorice flavor. Half of a fennel bulb provides over 80 percent of your daily vitamin K needs and four grams of fiber in less than 40 calories. Plus, fennel is super versatile and always in season. Thinly slice raw fennel bulb and chop the leaves to add to salads, slaws, or soups. Or, cut the bulb in half and bake, roast, or grill it with your favorite seasonings. Chef and dietitian Abbie Gellman, RDN, incorporates the delicious root vegetable into her super quick and easy Sausage Sheet Pan dinner. Or, try Arizona dietitian Anne Danahy’s Chunky Italian Turkey Fennel Soup. Find out which vegetables are the healthiest to eat.