Sweet Potatoes: Starchy Superstars

standard September 14, 2015 Leave a response

Sweet potatoes are my go to spud nowadays. They are so much more flavorful and versatile than regular potatoes in most recipes. And since they always seem to show up in my CSA box, there are always new ways to cook up this nutrient dense starch.

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Nutrition:

A single medium sized sweet potato contains 24 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, and zero fat into a little more than 100 calories. Add to that a whopping 438% DV of vitamin A and over 10% DV of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, and you’ve got a tasty super spud. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of thiamin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper (source).

Benefits:

Make sure to keep the skin on your sweet potatoes when preparing them to get the maximum amount of nutrients available. The fat soluble vitamin A is better absorbed if you toss it in a little oil before roasting or combine with an avocado in a meal. With 4 grams of fiber, sweet potatoes are a great food to add to a meal to keep you feeling fuller longer and help regulate the GI system. Thanks to the manganese, they can also help regulate blood sugar and thyroid function.

Recipes:

Give sweet potatoes a new spin with one of these flavor-packed recipes:

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