Healing Food Series: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are a starchy, sweet-tasting root vegetable, and one of my most favorite foods. There are so many different things you can make using them, which is why I keep a few in my pantry at all times. Sweet potatoes can be found in your local markets year-round, however they are in season in November and December. That’s why you will see them displayed among many of our Thanksgiving tables. Not only are they delicious but they’re some of the most nutritious vegetables around, as you can see below.

  1. They’re a good source of vitamin C and A. Both nutrients are vital for supporting immune function, which is especially important during cold and flu season. Vitamin A is also key for maintaining healthy skin, vision, and organ function.
  2. Sweet Potatoes are loaded with antioxidants. Vitamins A and C also function as antioxidants that protect cells against aging and disease.
  3. They contain anti-inflammatory nutrients.
  4. Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber and help promote a healthy digestive system.
  5. Sweet potatoes help regulate blood pressure due to their high fiber content. They’re a slow burning starch, meaning they won’t spike blood sugar and insulin levels.

I’ve included 20 recipes featuring this colorful and nutritious vegetable.

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Sweet Potato and White Bean Tacos with Lemon Tahini Dressing
The Urben Life

Thai Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry
Making Healthy Choices

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Avocado Cream Sauce
Lively Table

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Joy Food Sunshine

Sweet Potato Protein Waffles
Rabbit Food Runner

Sausage Kale Soup with Sweet Potatoes
Joy Food Sunshine

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Teaspoon of Spice

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus
Eat Real Live Well

Sweet Potato Black Bean Cilantro Salad
Alison’s Allspice

Sweet Potato Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Bucket List Tummy

Lightened-Up Sweet Potato Carrot Casserole with Maple Pecans
Jessica Levinson

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries
Queen of My Kitchen

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas
Jessica Levinson

Baked Sweet Potato Tacos
Sinful Nutrition

Roasted Sweet Potato, Herb and Feta Salad
Jenny Shea Rawn

Roasted Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Power Bowl
Your Choice Nutrition

Paleo Breakfast Casserole
Key Ingredients

Sweet Potato & Kale Hash with Eggs
Your Choice Nutrition

Sweet Potato Cookies
Key Ingredients

Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Salad
Key Ingredients

     

Other post from my Healing Foods Series:
January: Citrus
Februray: Broccoli
March: Artichokes
April: Salmon
May: Berries
June: Eggplant
July: Bell Peppers
August: Flaxseeds
September: Apples
October: Pumpkin

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By | 2018-11-05T15:46:57+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Food|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Becca | Rabbit Food Runner November 5, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Great round-up! Sweet potatoes are my favorite. Thanks for including my waffles! 🙂

  2. Laura November 6, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I love sweet potatoes too and this is a terrific assortment of recipes! Thanks for including my curry recipe.

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