Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the crisp air, the warm colors, and the comfy clothes. It is also a great, yummy time for food. This past week I have been in love with Sweet Potatoes. I bought them in a pack of about 6 or 7 at Trader Joe’s on Monday and I have been eating them everyday. They are delicious and so good for you.
1 Medium Sweet Potato= 5” long and 2” in diameter
3 g of fiber
120% Vitamin A- antioxidant; great for eye health, skin health, bone health, and immunity
30% Vitamin C-Ascorbic acid: antioxidant; helps in producing collagen (firm skin), eye health, and immunity strength
4% Calcium-mineral; builds stronger, denser bones
4% Iron-needed in the blood
As you can see for very little calories, you get a great amount of antioxidants and fiber needed to feel healthy and satisfied.
Preparing and Eating
I have been eating sweet potatoes as a snack, instead of eating chips and crackers, or when I want something sweet. I just puncture it a few times with a fork and stick it in the microwave for 4-5 minutes. It is smooth and creamy, small enough for a snack, and sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Other ways that are great for preparing it is to stick it in the oven and bake it like a regular potato (although I like the microwave when I want something fast).
Cut it into strips pour a small amount of olive oil on them and bake them like french fries
Mash them up with some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg
For a dessert sprinkle with a tiny bit of brown sugar (don’t go overboard!)
Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes
Though in the grocery store Yams and Sweet Potatoes seem to be interchangable, they are not the same thing. Yams in addition to not being from the same plant family as Sweet Potatoes, are also sweeter, because they contain more sugar, and they are not as high in Vitamin A or C. Both are great choices, just personally I like Sweet Potatoes better.