Sweet Potatoes 5 Ways
Fall is here. So is sweet potato season. These sweet, starchy root vegetables come in a variety of colors-orange, white and purple- and are full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals.
Here are some benefits of sweet potatoes:
- Contain antioxidants, which protect your body from free radicals that can damage DNA and trigger inflammation.
- Sweet potatoes contain soluble fiber that absorbs water and softens stool. They also contain insoluble fibers that keep the lining of the intestines healthy and strong.
- Anthocyanins, found in purple sweet potatoes, have been scientifically found to slow the growth of certain types of cancer cells. They are also believed to protect the brain by reducing inflammation.
- Orange sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is vital to keeping the immune system functioning optimally.
Ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet
- Baked sweet potatoes: Clean a whole potato, pierce several times with a fork, wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 45-1 hour, depending on how large the potato measures. Top with a pat of butter, cinnamon, chipotle sauce, or even chili for a complete meal.
- Mashed sweet potatoes: Start with baked potatoes. Once cooled, scoop out the inside of the potato, mash and season to your liking.
- Sweet potato toast or bread substitute
- Sweet potato fries: Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1 inch strips. Coat with oil, salt and pepper and bake until crispy for 40-45 minutes.
- Roasted sweet potatoes: Cut into small cubes, toss with olive or coconut oil, salt and pepper and bake until tender for 30-40 minutes.