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Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes are starchy, sweet, filing, and incredible sources of vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes are a great root vegetable. They’re grown in the ground and have an edible orange peel with bright orange flesh once cut open. Sweet potatoes also have a wide range of health benefits due to the large number of nutrients present. They’re slightly sweet and soft in texture making them very versatile. Sweet potatoes are definitely a worthy pantry staple!

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet potatoes are a carbohydrate-rich, easy to digest, fiber-rich whole food. They’re a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene where they contain over 600% DV in 1 cup! Since vitamin A is fat-soluble, be sure to consume them alongside a little fat.

Sweet potatoes also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Their fiber content aids our digestive health and also manages blood sugars. They’re a great post-workout food item since they contain easily digestible carbohydrates, bit of simple sugars, fiber and potassium.

Nutrient Breakdown of Sweet Potatoes:

*Per 1 cup cooked

How To Use:

Sweet potatoes are great when baked whole or cubed and roasted with other vegetables. They can also be steamed, mashed or pureed into a soup. You can even use sweet potatoes as a “jacket” potato, where you fill them up with goodies such as tahini, tempeh, beans or avocado. Sweet potatoes can also be used in pies, baked goods, pancakes, cookies, brownies, or muffins. Try them with tahini and ground cinnamon; it’s the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and incredibly satisfying!

Recipes:

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Dessert Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Toast 5 Ways

NS Recommends:

Baked sweet potatoes are delicious, but require a bit of time to bake — generally about 45 minutes. Try baking five or so at a time to last an entire week. Simply reheat at the time of eating. It’s a super simple way to have baked sweet potatoes in under five minutes!

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