It wasn't until relatively recently that I discovered the joys of the sweet potato. My mother detests them, hence they didn't appear on our dinner table with any regularity...or ever. Once I did get the chance to sample this wonder veggie, it became one of my favorite foods. Not only does it deliver a distinctive sugary taste, but it also provides several nutritional advantages.
One small potato provides a whopping 262% of your daily needs for vitamin A as beta carotene, plus plenty of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber; the beta carotene and vitamin C make sweet potatoes an antioxidant-rich superfood. Sweet potatoes are also known for their lower glycemic load in comparison to other potatoes, meaning that their carbohydrates are digested more slowly. While any kind of potato is perfectly suitable for a healthy diet, sweet potatoes might be a better choice for those concerned about blood sugar levels.
For more information about the nutritional profile of sweet potatoes, visit this website.
In addition to the traditional marshmallow and brown-sugar concoction that appears on special holidays, sweet potatoes may be prepared and enjoyed in a multitude of ways. Although I am a fan due to their innate tastiness, the food blogger in me loves the color sweet potatoes add to the plate--they make for great pictures:) Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them:
Simply baked or microwaved, and topped with cinnamon, sometimes with nuts as well.
Cut into spears, sprinkled with spices, and baked to make oven fries.
Mashed with greens, as in Lindsay's African Kale Mash
Combined with beans and veggies for a spontaneous hash. (Best with black beans).
Baked and topped with hummus and paprika.
Topped with canned (top) or homemade (bottom) chili.
Topped with refried beans and salsa.
The possibilities are endless! I'd love to hear how all you creative foodies out there enjoy your sweet potatoes.
Before I go, I have a request regarding another superfood, flax seed. I have two large containers of ground flax seed to use up, and I am looking for ways to incorporate it its valuable omega-3s into my diet. How do you use ground flax?
Well, I must return to studying for the evening. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!