Another great superfood…

By March 16, 2011 7 Comments

Post by Katie C., blog contributor

Recently I wrote a post about one of my favorite superfoods, Greek yogurt. Another food that I absolutely love is sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes have a lot of nutrients, contain more fiber than other potato varieties, and are a good source of beta carotene which is helpful for fighting cancer, heart disease, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you already cook with potatoes, you can substitue sweet potatoes for just about any other type of potato. Another bonus is that they’re lower on the glycemic index and are a good source of carbohydrates. I love sweet potatoes so much that I don’t eat any other type of potato anymore.

If you’ve only had sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and brown sugar, I promise that there are healthier and better-tasting ways to each them. Here are some of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes:

  • Baked in the oven at 425 for about 45-60 minutes. I actually like to eat them cold the next day with a little olive oil
  • Topped with broccoli and chicken
  • Topped with chili
  • Topped with Greek yogurt and chives
  • Twice baked
  • Sweet potato fries – cut sweet potatoes into wedges, matchsticks, or chips, take in oven at 425 until they reach desired crispness
  • Sweet potato spread
  • As a substitute for any recipe that calls for regular potatoes, including mashed

Do you cook with sweet potatoes? What are you favorite ways to prepare them?