Are You Sweet Potato Savvy?

Not only are sweet potatoes readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, there are many other sweet potreasons to love them – especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

Changing from white Potatoes to Sweet Potatoes can make a big difference to your diet.

Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids that appear to help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to insulin. This can ultimately help with your metabolism.

This starchy vegetable has bulk to keep your tummy full for hours – unlike white potatoes. Yet its nutritional profile makes the calories worth it, especially since they are fat-free. Its fibre alone is enough to make a sweet potato worth eating.

If a beta-carotene contest were held, sweet potatoes would tie carrots for first place. That may make them top-notch for fighting chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease, as well as disease related to inflammation, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Sweet potatoes are also rich in potassium and vitamin C; a small potato provides almost half the daily allowance.

They are versatile. Try them roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can add them to soups and stews, or grill and place on top of leafy greens for a delicious salad. I enjoy grilling them with onions and red peppers for amazing sandwich or wrap ingredients.  Puree them and add to smoothies and baked goods.

Why not try one of our sweet potato recipes? Simply click to open the recipe.

Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup

Minced Beef & Sweet Potato Stew

 

Sausage with Sweet Potato Mash & Onion Gravy

Sweet Potato & Beans

Baked Sweet Potato & Prawns

Baked Sweet Potato with Beans & Egg