Wacky Wednesday: Sweet for your health!

SWEET FOR YOUR HEALTH!

We are now full swing in the midst of the Holiday season! Holiday season means holiday foods and holiday foods can lead to expanded bellies and tight clothes.  This CAN happen if you spiral out of control, so why bother with all of that business and still enjoy some of your favorite foods but add a new twist to them.

Today’s focus is on the sweet potato, we are in the prime months of this star studded food.

The sweet potato just might be one of the most versatile foods available for a cheap price.

You can:

  • Bake
  • Steam
  • Roast
  • Shred
  • Puree or blend
  • Great for desserts

A few great benefits of sweet potatoes are

  • High in antioxidants
  • Anti inflammatory food
  • Contain blood sugar regulating nutrients
  • High in Vitamin A and vitamin C
  • High in fiber
  • Slow digesting carbohydrate
  • High in beta carotene

There are over 400 varieties of sweet potatoes!!  In stores right now you might see the traditional variety as well as the red and the white, they are both excellent and add some different color.

Here are a few recipes that you might want to try to incorporate into your holiday gatherings to get the benefits of sweet potatoes without all of the added oils ,salt and sugars that can turn these into a nutritional nightmare.

Sweet potato soup

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed

1 hass avocado

½ diced onion

½ jalapeno

2 cloves garlic

2-4 cups water

1 large carrot

3 dates (optional but adds a nice sweetness)

Sea salt or pepper to taste

Green onion or chives to garnish

The great thing about this soup is that you can keep the sweet potato raw if you have a high speed blender like a vitamix and you can literally throw in all the ingredients and just blend it up, then you can heat it on the stove-top if you would like.

Otherwise all you do is dice up the carrot, sweet potato, onion and garlic and heat on a skillet until everything is tender.

Transfer to a food processor or use an immersion hand  blender and blend all ingredients, incorporate the dates, avocado  and jalapeno.

You can easily make a large batch of this soup for the week ahead so you will be all set for some lunches or dinner options. The soup is excellent paired up with some roasted vegetables, or a sandwich on whole grain bread with a large mixed greens salad.

sweetpoato soup

Shredded sweet potato salad

 I make different versions of this all the time, it is so simple and makes a large amount

1-2   raw shredded sweet potatoes is your base (you do not need to peel them), from here you can literally add anything you want. For this one I added

Chopped red pepper

Diced green onion

Diced tomatoes

Cilantro, parsley

I made a vinaigrette by blending these ingredients:

Balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar is fine as well

6 sundried tomatoes

A few sprigs of fresh thyme

Cumin

Clove of garlic

sweetpotatoslaw

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