Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Loving the Sweet Potato! Recipe Round Up!

I have a confession to make: I have not always loved sweet potatoes. 

I don't really know why I was so against the delicious orange veggie, but when I was in high school, you had better believe it was a Yukon Gold Potato or bust. Bring on the starchy goodness! Ideally sliced, fried and covered with cheese curds and gravy; but then I am a true Canadian girl.

In the past few years though, I've started embracing the sweet potato; not just because it's delicious, but also for it's incredible health benefits.

Sweet potatoes, with their deep orange (and sometimes purple) colour, are SUCH a power vegetable. Just 1 cup of baked sweet potato can provide you with: 

  • ALL your vitamin A (serious antioxidant alert)
  • 50% of your vitamin C (take THAT scurvy)
  • 30% of your biotin (makes your nails and hair strong!)
  • 26% of your daily fiber
  • great amounts of: manganese, copper, vitamin B1 B6 B2 and B3, potassium and phosphorus...
  • All for under 200 (remarkably stomach filling) calories.

With stats like that, how could you say no to a food that tastes like candy!?

Lately, I've been on an increased veggie kick (New Year Resolution), so I have been embracing the sweet potato like never before. Here are 3 of my new favourite recipes that will incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet, in a healthy and delicious way!

All of these recipes are available on Pinterest! Click on the image to be taken to the pin.

#1: Buddha Bowl - found on In It For the Long Run

#2: Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet - found on Primavera Kitchen

#3: Duo Potato Baked Latkes - found in a Longos Magazine (Pin has full recipe)

I've been delighted to try each of these recipes over the past few weeks, and look forward to trying new great ways to enjoy sweet potatoes in my diet!

How do you like to eat your sweet potatoes? Is there a veggie you used to dislike that you couldn't do without now? Have any good recipe links for me to try? Let me know in the comments below!