Ode to the Sweet Potato

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If I could write a poem about the sweet potato, I probably would. Any takers? I’m self-admittedly not a pro at creating lyrical goodness. I’d much rather spend time cooking and eating these delicious tubers. There are a few reasons in particular why sweet potatoes always make the top of my grocery list, and why you’re sure to want to include them on yours too.

What are They?

Sweet potatoes are a type of tropical tuber, which typically have a pinkish orange flesh. Often confused with yams, they’re actually different in that they are not as sweet, lower in natural sugar content than yams, and they tend to have a lighter skin, elongated in shape with tapered ends, which is usually the easiest way to tell them apart. These delicious vegetables are easy to find in your local supermarket and you’ll be amazed at how many ways you can incorporate them into your meals.

The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

There are some impressive health benefits to take note of. Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but they are full of good stuff for your bod. High in fibre, heart-healthy and rich in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E, and are a great source of manganese. Not only are they packed full of vitamins and minerals that are great for your health, but also amino acids, which give nourishment and protection to your tissues, cells and enzymes. Pretty amazing, right?

How to Eat Them

There are lots of great ways to eat sweet potatoes. You can boil and mash them, fry them in coconut oil to make sweet potato fries, wrap them in tin foil and bake in the oven for delicious baked sweet potatoes, cut them up lengthwise into slices and steam them…the list goes on.

Sweet potatoes are literally considered as one of the world’s healthiest foods, so why wouldn’t you want to include them as part of your regular diet? Keep in mind that the best way of taking advantage of all these root vegetables have to offer is by including some fat in your meal with them, which is really easy to do. Just add in a tablespoon or two of some good quality extra virgin olive oil, either during cooking or even drizzled over top of your potatoes after cooking. Super simple and you get the maximum nutrition from these tasty tubers.

Try incorporating sweet potatoes into some of your next dishes, and you’ll be glad you did. This roasted sweet potatoes with red peppers and asparagus recipe is a quick, easy dish that doesn’t take much effort at all, and will have you heading for the sweet potato aisle in no time.

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