THE SWEET POTATO
A powerhouse filled with nutrients - the colorful Sweet Potato! Rich in beta-carotene, an important anti-oxidant that really supports a strong immune system. One medium sweet potato supplies you with 4x the antioxidants Vitamin A which aids the immune system and vision.
Beta-carotene helps protect your skin from sun damage/excessive UV exposure. They are rich in Fiber and Vitamin C. This powerhouse is packed with 4 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and a mere 162 calories.
Here are a few recipes that use highly nutritious tasty whole foods for your sweet potato breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Sweet Potatoes for Breakfast? Oh yea!
1. Baked Breakfast Sweet Potato
1 large sweet potato
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
1 tbsp. Chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seeds your choice
Scrub any dirt from the skin. Pat dry and poke holes with a fork on each side. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender. Carefully unwrap foil and cut diagonally in half. Sprinkle with chia seeds, spread almond butter on top. Drizzle maple syrup and top with cinnamon. Recipe credit from Haley at get-amazing.com.
2. Chef AJ's Something Simply Simple and delicious for snack, side and/or dinner!
2 large orange sweet potatoes
1 15 oz can black beans
Steamed broccoli or kale
You can bake, steam, pressure cook, microwave the potatoes - your preference. Heat up the beans. Stuff the potato with the beans and veggies. Add salsa, hummus, toppings of your choice.
3. Rip’s Sweet Potato Bowl
1 large cooked sweet potato cubed and skin removed
2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can low sodium or no sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Balsamic vinegar to taste
Warm sweet potatoes in microwave if they are not already warm. Place into bowl for serving. Top with mangoes, bell pepper, black beans, avocado, cilantro and any plant strong toppings you like. Drizzle with lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Stir gently and Serve.