Absolutely Love Sweet Potatoes? Here Are 5 Recipes To Try

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Sweet potatoes are so versatile and easy to cook with. If you have a spiralizer, you can spiral them and make oven roasted sweet potato fries. If you don't have a spiralizer, cutting them into thin slices works just as well. My favorite sweet potato fries seasoning is garlic powder. I love combining the sweet flavor of the sweet potatoes with the tangy flavor of garlic powder. But you could use plain salt and pepper or even get wild by using cumin!

5 delicious and healthy sweet potato recipes

Watching your calorie count? Calories in sweet potato fries will depend on how much oil you use and how you cook them. Oven roasted sweet potato fries will have more calories due to the oil used when cooking them. Air fried sweet potato fries will have fewer calories since no oil is needed. Oven roasted sweet potato fries have 122 calories per serving while air fried sweet potato fries have 84 calories. The trick is to stay within the serving size! That can be hard to do with a food so delicious. A serving size is about 1/3 of a cup. I know that is not a lot!


Another simple way to eat sweet potatoes is to bake them. How long do you bake a sweet potato? It can vary based on the size of the sweet potato. A large one can take 1 to 1 1/2 hours. A great way to know they are done is when the sugar releases through the skin. Calories in a large sweet potato is about 112 calories for a 5 inch long sweet potato.


While sweet potatoes by themselves do not have a lot of calories, what we put on them does! Adding marshmallows or butter or almond butter definitely increases the calorie content. But what if you are following a low-carbohydrate diet? Can you eat sweet potatoes? A sweet potato has 31 grams of carbs while a white potato has 40 carbs. So neither potato are on the lowest carb vegetables list! If you are eating a moderate carb diet, then an occasional potato can factor into your meal plan.


Sweet Potatoes are a great addition to any routine. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). A very good source of vitamin C, and vitamin B6. A good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. Plus, they rank low on the glycemic index which means they do not spike your blood sugar.

In addition to not spiking your blood sugar, Dr. Axe states that sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, boosts brain function, enhances immunity and can help with weight loss. Sounds like a sweet potato a day can help keep the doctor away! Plus they are good for digestion!


Sweet potatoes contain large amounts of fibers, which have long been known for improving the health of the gut as well as digestion. Many laxatives in use today are made from fibers, meaning that consumption of sweet potatoes can increase your intake of fibers needed to promote proper digestion. The high fiber content of the sweet potatoes can also aid in preventing constipation in both children and adults. (Source: La Canada Care Center)

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RECIPES

muffin

Sweet Potato Muffins. I'm always looking for ideas on how to get more veggies into breakfast. These Sweet Potato Muffins from Good + Simple are very moist and have ground flaxseeds on top - another nutrient boost! Flaxseeds are a very good source of fiber which can help keep you regular. Also, there is evidence that flaxseeds may have a cholesterol-lowering effect by preventing reabsorption of cholesterol in the colon, (Source: World's Healthiest Foods) Click here for the recipe.

Quinoa salad

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad. This is a great idea for a quinoa salad. Not only does it use Sweet Potatoes but it also combines heart-healthy avocado, fresh spinach & cranberries. Avocado's also promote healthy blood and bones due to their high content of Vitamin K. (Source: World's Healthiest Foods) Yum! The recipe by Chelsea's Messy Apron includes a lemon vinaigrette, if you so choose. Click here for the recipe.

sweet potato waffels

Sweet Potato Waffles. Making Sweet Potato waffles gives a healthy twist on a food that is usually lacking nutrition unless you put in blueberries! What I love about this recipe is you can make a batch & reheat them during the week for a fast, nutritious breakfast. The waffles also include oats which increases the amount of fiber in the waffle to keep you fuller longer. I would also add blueberries because you can never have enough blueberries! The recipe by Lovely Delights can be found here.

salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts. This is one of my favorite lunch dishes. I always try to eat a veggie heavy lunch to make sure I am getting my daily fill of vegetables. I love Brussels sprouts, especially roasted. Combining sweet potatoes with sprouts makes this dish fulfilling! The recipe doesn't have a lot of spices which allow the natural flavors of the vegetables to shine. Thank you to The Food Charlatan for posting this recipe. Click here to access it.

broccoli

Broccoli & Walnut Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. No sweet potato post would be complete without a stuffed sweet potato recipe. Daily Bites put together this broccoli, walnut stuffed sweet potato recipe. The best part is this recipe is dairy-free recipe because as Daily Bites puts it: sweet potatoes contain more moisture than white potatoes so they mash-up without dairy just fine! Click here for the recipe.

Sweet potatoes are a healthy addition to your routine. They are versatile and provide numerous health benefits, including promoting good digestion. Do you think you will start eating more sweet potatoes? Let me know by leaving a comment below.


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