Root Vegetable Fries & Turmeric Kefir Dip

Root Vegetable Fries & Turmeric Kefir Dip

As the seasons change, so must your diet if you want to stay healthy, happy, and free of the typical colds, flus and blues that come with winter!

Salads, smoothies, fresh juices and light meals are great in the summer, however throughout the colder months it is important to eat warmer, heartier and more grounding type foods, herbs and spices (a.k.a. Yang foods*). 

The cold brings a desire for comfort and this recipe does the trick! 

Root Vegetable Fries & Turmeric Kefir Dip
A simple and delicious winter recipe to keep you warm, healthy and happy.
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Root Vegetable Fries
  1. 1 Rutabaga
  2. 1 Sweet potato
  3. 2 Parsnips
  4. 3 Golden beets
  5. 1 Celery root
  6. Sea salt
  7. Coconut oil
  8. Turmeric, Ginger, Cayenne spice blend
Kefir Dip
  1. 1/2 cup Kefir
  2. 1/2 cup 2% fat yogurt
  3. 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
  4. 2 tbsp thickener (chia, flax, psyllium or coconut flour)
  5. Turmeric, Ginger, Cayenne spice blend
  6. Sea salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350C
  2. Slice roots into fries or cubes
  3. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil
  4. Sprinkle veggies with sea salt, pepper and spices
  5. Bake until soft, or cripsy (as you prefer) *To get them crispy, once they are baked you can broil on high for 7 minutes
For the dip
  1. Blend the ingredients together, add the thickener (I use coconut flour)
  2. Serve and enjoy!
  1. You can definitely use a coconut kefir and yogurt if you prefer the vegan version.
The root vegetables are known superfoods as they are extremely high in vitamins and minerals. Parsnips, rutabagas, celery root, sweet potatoes, yams, yuca, turnip and parsnip are wonderful seasonal choices! Especially since they can be grown locally and sustainably. 

Root vegetables

Purple sweet potato
Root vegetable fries

Adding sea salt and coconut oil to the roots while baking brings additional health benefits especially required for optimal winter weather. Sea salt is high in minerals, increases healthy blood flow, warms the body and boosts the thyroid and metabolism. Coconut oil gives a similar body and brain boost while also being anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic.

Using both sea salt and coconut oil can be very helpful to anyone who is always cold, or who is hypothyroid. 

Dusting these delicious fries with the turmeric/cayenne/ginger blend ramps up the healthy healing even more! This blend fights infection, boosts immunity, protects the heart and organs and improves digestion! Not to mention, if you go heavy on the spices, it will help clear out a stuffy nose or bronchial congestion! 

Finally, we’ve got the wonderful kefir! 

What is kefir you ask?

Kefir is a fermented and cultured yogurt type product. It is one of the best foods for immunity, digestion, gut integrity, candida and even mood elevation as it is extremely rich in probiotics – the beneficial bacteria that regulate our mind-body health. Although it is made from milk, the fermentation process allows for the probiotic bacteria to feed on the lactose (milk sugar), which makes it actually helpful to people who are even sensitive to dairy products. 

Due to importation and the fact that we can get any food at any time of year we have lost our sense of what the eat, when and why. I personally don’t even really eat fruits or much raw food in the winter at all. After spending a year in Korea and learning about macrobiotics and the balance of energetic food properties, I have shifted my diet to reflect a more environmental and climate based diet.

To keep it short and simple, yin is cooling and expansive while yang is warming and contractive. The winter, sickness and stress is very yin while warmth, excitement and intensity tends to be more yang. See the yin / yang food chart below. For optimal health the macrobiotic principle is to balance out the yin and yang.


Get in touch if you have any questions, or try out the recipe and tell me how it goes!

Big love and all the warmth (from a fellow cold person)
Samantha Lotus
Samantha Lotus
Certified Nutritional Practitioner & Self-Care Educator


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