I have always loved sweet potatoes, but growing up, they rarely graced our kitchen table with the exception of an occasional holiday side dish. Now, sweet potatoes, which are incredibly delicious, are a part of our weekly meal routine! I probably make them at the very least, three times per week in very different ways. Need some motivation? Here you go:
- Sweet potatoes are an absolute Beauty Food, meaning that they nurture your hair, skin, and mood from the inside out with bragging rights such as being rich in Vitamins C, E, and containing high amounts of beta-carotene and other important carotenoids.
- The carotenoids and beta carotene that sweet potatoes are absolutely loaded with are immensely important in strengthening our eyesight and boosting our immunity to diseases. The antioxidant content of the carotenoids also wards off cancer.
- If you’re life lacks cheer and is brimming over with stress, sweet potatoes can help. They are rich in Vitamin D (the vitamin that we typically obtain mostly through sunlight, unless you are like me and spend much of your time “vampiring” it up inside your home or office) which promotes a healthy mood. They also contain magnesium and iron, which also aid in healthy moods and stress reduction, amongst other things.
- Sweet potatoes are heart healthy! High levels of Vitamin B-6 content aid sweet potatoes in keeping your heart running smoothly. Potassium in sweet potatoes is also helpful in this task.
- According to the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com), women under age 50 should consume 25 grams of fiber per day, and men under age 50 should consume 38 grams per day. Sweet potatoes are said to contain about 7 grams of fiber per serving, therefore, making them an excellent source.
These are just the “Cliff notes” of sweet potatoes; A little motivator. Now the greatest part is that they can be prepared in so many different ways, that you will never run out of ways to eat them. Be sure to check out the World’s Healthiest Foods article on sweet potatoes for more detailed information: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
These ones are mine: 🙂