Do You Want to Eat Well? Consider Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are tasty and nutritious.Baked Sweet Potato

They are relatively fast and easy to cook.

They are a wonderful substitute for commonly used white potatoes.

 

Why Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals.  They have vitamin A  (beta carotene), vitamin B, vitamin E, Vitamin C,  potassium, manganese and others. Which means, they are a great antioxidant and are great for you heart and cardiovascular system. They are also good for the brain, nervous system and eyes. Sweet potatoes are excellent for your skin and hair, they are considered as one of the ‘Beauty Foods’.

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, thus they are good for weight management.

 

A Bit of History

Sweet potato is a Native American plant and was a main source of food for solders during the Revolutionary War.  One physician, who served these solders, referred to the sweet potato as:  An indispensable vegetable because of their mineral and vitamin richness.

 

My Favorite Fast, Easy and Child Friendly Recipe

I use absolutely no spices in this recipe. Sweet potatoes are wonderful and sweet on there own, especially when they are just out of the oven –  warm and soft on the inside. But if you like spices, please feel free to use them.

 

Sweet Potato wedges

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet potato per person (organic sweet potato if possible).

Optional: olive oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, paprika, curry, cayenne.

 

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Wash the sweet potatoes well and towel dry.  Peel if desired.  I keep the skin and just cut out all the imperfections and blemishes.

Cut into medium size wedges and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.sweet potato

If desired drizzle some olive oil and put some of the spices listed above.

Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes. They are ready when they are golden brown.

 

Enjoy with your favorite meal, or by themselves as a nutritious snack.

 


 

Sources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/999.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/5-winter-superfoods-sweet-potatoes-nutrient-profile

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