Foods by Color: Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoes

There is something so Fallish and comforting about sweet potatoes, don’t you think?

Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes are kind of a superfood and this makes me happy because I love to eat them, don’t you? Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and are a rich source of powerful carotenoid antioxidants like beta-carotene.  They are loaded with vitamin A, potassium, and even have a little calcium.  Sweet potatoes also contain phytochemicals like quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of iron.

Note: Sweet potatoes are not the ideal food choice for individuals with blood sugar problems because of their high glycemic load.  Individuals with diabetes or blood sugar issues might prefer to limit eating them in reasonable amounts with other vegetables and proteins.

Interesting Facts

Sweet Potatoes are not actually related to the potato.  They are also one of the oldest vegetables known to man and have been around since prehistoric times.

In Season & Storage

Sweet Potatoes are typically in season from September through January.  In a dark, dry, and cool place they can last for up to four weeks, but it is best to use your sweet potatoes the week you purchase them and not to refrigerate them.   Apparently you can store sweet potatoes in your freezer, packed in an airtight container, with 1/2 inch headroom for up to one year.

Sweet Potato Recipe Round-Up
 
 
Sweet Potato Recipes
 

Miso-Maple Sweet Potato Tacos with Coconut-Cilantro Sauce were featured in the Fall 2012 Week 3 meal plan and they are pretty much incredible.

Mexican Sweet Potato Skins were featured in the Summer 2013 Week 12 meal plan and they are my favorite potato skins now.

Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions was featured in the Summer 2013 Week 3 meal plan.  I highly recommend this unique pizza.

Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin was featured in the Spring 2013 Week 12 meal plan and you know it’s good because it is from Smitten Kitchen.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sauce was featured in the Winter 2013 Week 10 meal plan and is a fun recipe to make with a friend, date or your kids. You will impress yourself.

Sweet Potato & Pomegranate Salad was featured in Winter 2013 Week 7 Meal plan and even my husband Rick, who is known to call all salads “rabbit food” thought this salad was amazingly delicious.

Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde was featured in Winter 2013 Week 3 and it is just one of those recipes that everybody loves.  I have had several friends make this recipe and every single one has loved it.

Sweet Potato Chili is such a unique chili recipe that I absolutely loved and featured in the Fall 2012 Week 8 meal plan.

Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes seem like they would be a great side for Thanksgiving.

Swiss Chard Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are  healthy and delicious looking and inexpensive.

Sweet Potato Falafels so creative!

Kale and Goat Cheese mashed Sweet Potato another great side for Thanksgiving.

Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Krispy Kale  looks yum.

Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado I bet even meat lovers would like this.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries great for snacking.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup  for those soup nights.

{Sources: 150 Healthiesst Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Health.com, Photo Source: Tanya Harrison Photo, Etsy.com}

 

Do you have any favorite sweet potato recipes? Please share!

  

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing my sweet potato burrito with your friends and on your lovely blog! I’m inspired by all of your other picks, too. I’ll definitely have to give Jeanine’s sweet potato and pomegranate salad a try soon!

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