Sweet Potatoes : Healthy and Delicious recipes

More about the Sweet Potato

  • Sweet Potatoes are a versatile vegetable. They are not just for holidays. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They can accompany almost meat and can be substituted in recipes that call for apples, squash, or potatoes. They are available year round however the "season" for them is September thru June. 

    - When buying sweet potatoes you want to select firm, well shaped roots; avoid those with soft spots or signs of decay. 

    - Store in a cool, dry place with low humidity and use within a week or two after purchase. Do not refrigerate unless they have been cooked. Cold temperatures can cause them to become bitter.

 

Benefits

Sweet Potatoes are by far the most nutrient packed vegetable. The Sweet Potato has been ranked number one by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), since the total nutrient content of a sweet potato far outweighs that of any other vegetable.

Sweet Potatoes are high in Beta-Carotene and Vitamins C and E. With the skin on them, they are also a good source of fiber. Sweet Potatoes also offer us other essential nutrients such as, potassium, iron, and Vitamin B6. Not only that, they are almost completely fat and cholesterol free! They are also low in sodium and only have about 130 calories for a medium sized potato.

Did you know that one sweet potato, eaten with the skin on, contains four times the recommended amount of Beta-Carotene? In fact, it would take 23 cups of broccoli to give you the same amount of Beta-Carotene of one medium sweet potato! Now it's time to get your kids to eat sweet potatoes!