If the only time you eat sweet potatoes is around November 24th, you’re missing out. This tasty tuber is healthy, tasty, and versatile. Let’s take a minute to get to know the regular old potato’s sexier cousin a little bit better, shall we?
They’re Good For You? Sweet!
Sweet potatoes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. B6, which helps to prevent degenerative diseases, and the Swiss Army knife of vitamins, good old vitamin C, are both abundant in sweet potatoes. They also have Vitamin E, which keeps skin and hair looking youthful and vibrant.
They’re also chock-full of vitamin D, so they’re great for boosting thyroid function and combating the wintertime blues. Judging from their rich color, you might have also guessed that they’re rich in Carotenoids, and you’d be right. These compounds improve eyesight, prevent cancer, and help you stay young.
Sweet potatoes have it going on when it comes to minerals, too. They contain high levels of magnesium, which reduces stress, and potassium, which helps maintain cardiac rhythm and nerve function.
So, the sweet potato prevents cancer, keeps you youthful, reduces stress, and keeps the ol’ ticker happily ticking away? Fountain of youth, thy name is Yam!
Energy to Go
Sweet potatoes do contain a fair amount of sugar, but they’re also rich in fiber, doubling the dietary fiber content of typical potatoes. The extra fiber means your body absorbs the sugars more slowly and efficiently, so they’re an ideal snack when you have a long day ahead.
Wham! Bam! Thank You, Yam.
There are plenty of ways to get more sweet potatoes in your life. You can make fries out of them, use them roasted and lightly seasoned as a delicious salad-topper, or mix them into your favorite veggie soup. You can also make sweet and savory chips, hash browns, and potato pancakes.
Of course, their sweet flavor lends itself to desserts, too. Cheesecake, pecan pie, cobbler, cookies, and even ice cream can all be made to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse, to excellent effect.
Laughing Planet Loves Sweet Potatoes
If reading about the flavor and health perks of sweet potatoes has you craving them, stop by your local Laughing Planet Cafe. Our delicious Bollywood Bowl, Cuban Bowl, and Che Guevara Burrito all feature cameo appearances from this versatile, nutritious tuber.
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