Sweet Potato

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

Sweet potatoes area great root vegetable. They’re 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 number of nutrients. They’re slightly sweet and soft in texture making them very versatile. Sweet potatoes are definitely worthy of being a pantry staple.

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. Try them 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 carbohydrate-rich, easy to digest and a fiber-rich whole food. They’re incredibly versatile to consume sweet or savory and not to mention contains heaps of nutrients. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, containing over 600% DV in 1 cup! Since vitamin A is fat soluble, eat them along with a little fat.

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 easily 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. Try baking about 5 of them at a time to last an entire week or less. Simply reheat at the time of eating. Super simple way to have baked sweet potatoes in under 5 minutes.