Sweet potatoes are my favorite root vegetable, hands down. They’re starchy, sweet, filing, and incredible sources of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes grown in the ground, and have an edible orange peel with bright orange flesh once cut open. The entire sweet potato has health benefits that are wide ranging with the amount of nutrients. They’re slightly sweet and soft in texture making them very versatile. Sweet potatoes are definitely a staple in my pantry and a “superfood” in my book.
How to use | baked whole, cubed and roasted with other vegetables, steamed, mashed, pureed into a soup, as a “jacket” potato filled with goodies such as tahini, tempeh, beans, avocado, etc. Sweet potatoes can also be used in pies, baked goods, pancakes, cookies, brownies, or muffins. My favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes is with tahini and ground cinnamon, it’s the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and incredibly satisfying.
Nutrient breakdown of SWEET POTATOES | *per 1 cup cooked (200g)
Fiber | 1 cup cooked sweet potatoes contains 7g fiber
Protein | 1 cup cooked sweet potatoes contains 4g protein
Carbohydrates | 1 cup cooked sweet potatoes contains 40g carbohydrate
Vitamin A | 769% DV
Vitamin C | 65% DV
Thiamin | 14% DV
Riboflavin | 12% DV
Niacin | 15% DV
Vitamin B6 | 29% DV
Vitamin B5 | 18% DV
Calcium | 8% DV
Iron | 8% DV
Magnesium | 14% DV
Phosphorus | 11% DV
Potassium | 27% DV
Copper | 16% DV
Manganese | 50% DV
Sweet potatoes are one of my top 3 favorite carbohydrate foods, if not #1. I absolutely love them for their rich carbohydrate intake in an easy to digest and fiber rich whole food. They’re incredibly versatile to consume sweet or savory and not to mention contains heaps of nutrients, which make them another reason why I incorporate them most days. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, containing over 600% DV in 1 cup! Since vitamin A is fat soluble, I always recommend having a little fat source with them, hence the reason I adore tahini with sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes also contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are loaded with fiber which helps our digestive health and manages blood sugars. They’re a great post-workout food for all my fellow athletes out there, as sweet potatoes contain a rich source of easy digestible carbohydrates, a bit of simple sugars, fiber, potassium,
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets.
Tips and tricks | Baked sweet potatoes are delicious, but sometimes require a bit of time to bake (about 45 minutes), I typically will bake about 5 sweet potatoes at a time to last me the entire week (more or less), and simply reheat at the time of eating. Super simple way to have baked sweet potatoes in under 5 minutes.