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sweet potatoes to the rescue

10 Jun

7601424828_52726f8f04Wondering how to get in super nutrition in almost no time?

Hello sweet potatoes!

Incorporate these vitamin and mineral jewels into your lunch, dinner or breakfast repertoire and your skin just may glow, your immune system might get stronger, and your cravings for sweets may slowly diminish.

Use your time in the kitchen wisely, and when you’re making dinner the night before pop a few in the oven on 400F and let roast for 1 hour (this method will increase the sugar content), or cut them up into pieces and steam them until soft (this method will lessen the sugar content).

A great way to increase the beta carotene benefits of sweet potatoes is to eat them together with some healthy fats like olive oil or nuts.

To increase the fiber benefits make sure to also eat the peel!

Steamed sweet potatoes:

Rinse, then chop up sweet potato into 1 inch slices, then in half. Add water into your pot, along with a steamer basket. Once water reaches a boil, add sweet potatoes, cover and let cook for 7-10 minutes, until soft.

photo-47Recipe ideas:

Breakfast: Blend your steamed sweet potatoes then add a touch of maple syrup and top with cinnamon and walnuts (or seeds) or oats/granola/muesli.

Lunch: Add the steamed pieces to brown rice or quinoa with a lemon dijon vinaigrette (olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic, sea salt, black pepper).

Dinner: Mash with some olive oil, salt, pepper as a healthy side, add steamed pieces to a stir fry, or blend into a soup with some ginger.

You can’t go wrong with these stellar spuds!

Photo courtesy of You As A Machine