Sweet potatoes are abundant this time of year. They have experienced a surge in popularity over the past few years, and as a result, there are now many ways to enjoy them that you may never have tried!
Since they are so common in the fall and winter months, you may have even served or enjoyed some last month during the Thanksgiving holiday. But did you know how good they are for you?
- They are LOADED with fiber! Just one serving of about a cup has 7 grams of fiber, about a quarter of your daily recommended amount!
- They have no cholesterol or fat, but you probably could have guessed that.
- They are excellent source of vitamins A and C, making them good for your skin and your immune system! With just one serving, you get over 7X your daily recommended amount of vitamin A, and almost two thirds your recommended amount of vitamin C! Superfood, indeed!
- They are also great sources of minerals like beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, and manganese! These things have various benefits, including maintaining your blood sugar levels, offering a little boost of energy, and helping you with your digestion and blood pressure!
- Doctor Oz: http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/daniel-heller-nd/magnesium-miracle-mineral
- Nutrition Data: Sweet Potatoes: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2667/2
- North Carolina Sweet Potatoes: http://www.ncsweetpotatoes.com/nutrition/
Photo by: Dave Lifson
How To Work Them Into Your Meals
As we mentioned above, with the surge in popularity, you can find recipes using sweet potatoes in a variety of ways. Slice them up and roast them in the oven as sweet potato fries for a healthier alternative to traditional fries. Mash them (skins on!) and serve them as a side dish. Bake them whole just like you would a Russet. Slice them and add them to a salad or casserole. Throw them in the slow cooker with your favorite stew or soup for a hearty, sweet addition. Put them on pizza. Make pancakes with them. The possibilities are endless!
Check out these fun and EASY recipes for sweet potatoes for a tasty twist on your usual stand-bys!