You’ve probably been seeing people cook sweet potatoes more often nowadays, however this is not solely based off of their taste, but also because of its high nutrient value. Don’t know much about this tuber? Luckily, February is National Sweet Potato Month, so time todig in and take a look at why this tasty tuber has so much to offer. You might be surprised!
Sweet potatoes are different from other potatoes because of their notably distinct sweetness. Although sweet, it can be used in savory dishes as well, making it a versatile food to get creative with. You canbake, broil, grill, steam or mash it! Whether you place them on the grill during a warm summer day or bake them for your guests for Thanksgiving dinner, they can be enjoyed all year round.
Due to its vibrant orange color, sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which your body can covert into vitamin A. Why is beta-carotene important? Itacts as antioxidants, meaning they fight free radicals to keep your cells healthy. They also aid in preventing certain cancers, diseases and help you maintain a strong immune system!
Along with bet-carotene, sweet potatoes are also rich in…
- Fiber, which can help keep you feeling fuller for longer, regulates digestion and keeps your blood sugar in check.
- Vitamin B6, which supports brain development and function.
- Vitamin C acts as another powerful antioxidant that is crucial for eye and skin health, collagen formation and boosts your immune system.
- Potassium, which stabilizes your blood pressure by working with sodium and regulates muscle contractions.
6 Perfect Sweet Potato Ideas
1. Baked Sweet Potato.Think of it as a regular potato. All you have to do is poke some holes into it and throw it in the oven! Add it as a side dish to any meal!
2. Mashed Sweet Potatoes.This dish is just like regular mashed potatoes, but with sweet potato! Boil some sweet potatoes then mash them and serve as a delicious side dish.
3. Sweet Potato Fries.Slice sweet potatoes into wedges, drizzle some olive oil and bake them. Viola, you now have your own fries!
4. Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes. Cut the potatoes into cubes, roast them and toss with kale and quinoa for a quick and easy lunch.
5. Sweet Potato Stew.Mix in your favorite vegetables alongside sweet potatoes to make a filling vegetable stew or soup.
6. Sweet Potato Custard.Looking for something on the sweeter side? Make your own sweet potato pie or try out my recipe for custard!
This nutrient-dense tuber can easily be incorporated into any meal. Just plan ahead, suit it to your taste preference and enjoy!
Your turn to take action: How do you prefer to eat your sweet potatoes? Let me know in the comments below.