Sweet potatoes are so versatile and easy to cook with. If you have a spiralizer, you can make spiral sweet potato fries in the oven. If you don't have a spiralizer, cutting them into thin slices works also. Just the simplicity of baking them in the oven and topping them with sauteed chick peas, spinach and garlic makes a hearty and easy lunch.
Sweet Potatoes are a great addition to any diet and 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!
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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.
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 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 ChefdeHome can be found here.
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 & 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.
I hope this post inspires you to eat more sweet potatoes in your routine. Whole Foods tends to have plenty of organic sweet potatoes available and the flavor is that much better when eating organic. If you try any of the above or have a favorite sweet potato recipe you would like to share, leave me a comment. I love hearing about your experiences! Until next time...