Ensuring your body receives the proper amount of nutrients can be tough in today's busy world. An easy way to make sure you're getting everything you need is to whip up a batch of celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder's east-west baked vegetables. Veggies help maintain your weight, provide you with plenty of energy, contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, and keep you fuller, longer! "The huge selection of fresh vegetables in this dish means you'll get a dosage of zinc, potassium, manganese, iron, and calcium," explains Kim. "These are all necessary for shiny hair, strong nails, and healthy bones." The delicious dish also uses tamari—a soy sauce that doesn't contain wheat or gluten like regular soy sauce does—and coconut oil, which is cholesterol-free. Cook it on the weekend so you have enough leftovers for side dishes and lunch for the rest of the week!
East-West Baked Vegetables
3 to 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 small cauliflower, cut into 1/2 inch florets
2 large zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 cups bok choy, chopped into 1-inch pieces
3 stalks of asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 Tbsp fresh parsley
1 ½ Tbsp fresh rosemary
1/4 cup low sodium tamari (look for one labeled gluten-free)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
High quality sea salt (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all of the vegetables and rosemary, and place in a glass ovenproof casserole dish with a lid. In a separate bowl, mix together the tamari and coconut, then pour over the vegetables. Cover and bake in the oven for about 55 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
Kimberly Snyder is a Los Angeles-based celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution. She began her work after journeying through 50 countries and six continents, learning about health and beauty from many different cultures. With a philosophy rooted in the belief that outer beauty is a reflection of inner health, Kim now works with clients such as Hilary Duff, Olivia Wilde, and Drew Barrymore. Get lots of health and beauty tips by following her on Twitter at @kimsbeautydetox.