Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of the largest beta-carotene filled vegetable. Their sweet flavor can help alleviate your sweet tooth as well. The benefits of sweet potatoes are enormous with their antioxidant capacity, anti-inflammatory qualities, immune support, and they even support regulating blood sugar. This is a great vegetable for those that are worried of gaining weight by eating too many carbs or sugar and sweets.

Super Sweet Potatoes

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How to Choose and Keep
It is best to make sure sweet potatoes are firm and have no cracks, bruises or soft spots. Try to get the ones that are at room temperature as refrigerated ones loose taste. Store in a cool dark place that has good airflow. Do not store in a bag, but keep loose and they will stay fresh for about 10 days.


Preparation
Try to choose organic as much as possible, as conventional sweet potatoes sometime have a wax or dye on the skin. Cook immediately after peeling. The best way to cook is to steam or boil, but roasting can be done as well. Try to eat with some sort of fat in your meal and the beta-carotene will absorb better.
Nutrients (In order of highest percentage to lowest)
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Tryptophan, Potassium, Fiber, Vitamin B5, Copper, and Vitamin B3


Action Steps
1. Choose some of your favorite root vegetables (i.e. squash, parsnip, turnip) with sweet potatoes for a roast. Coat with some olive oil and mix in some garlic. Then sprinkle on salt, pepper, and rosemary and roast at 375 for about 45 minutes.
2. Make some fantastic mashed sweet potatoes with your favorite meat for a great warming meal.
(Resources: www.whfoods.com)