We all feel a need for something sweet now and then, but the guilt we feel from eating foods full of sugar and carbohydrates isn’t always worth the intake of calories.
We all feel a need for something sweet now and then, but the guilt we feel from eating foods full of sugar and carbohydrates isn’t always worth the intake of calories. Yet, you still yearn for something to indulge in. Children especially love sweets, but buying cookies and candy isn’t the best idea for their health and wellness.
Sweet potatoes are a great guilt-free way to satisfy your craving and provide your children with something sweet, yet nutritious (just don’t tell them it’s a vegetable). Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins B6, C and D as well as the minerals iron, magnesium and potassium. These all help to keep bones, heart, nerves, skin and teeth healthy, allow proper immune system functioning and help the body produce collagen, according to Care2 Healthy Living.
Sweet potatoes can be cooked in innumerable ways, including baked plain or puréed for soup, and they are a flavorful addition to your favorites dishes. They contrast well with other vegetable flavors and are a great replacement for white potatoes when making hash browns and fries.
My favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes is roasting and cutting them, then seasoning to perfection. Share your sweet potato recipes in the comments below.
Roasted orange-cinnamon sweet potatoes
2 lb sweet potatoes washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 450-degrees. Wisk olive oil and orange juice together and toss with sweet potatoes. Place sweet potatoes in pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle rosemary, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the top. Roast 20 minutes, toss and roast until tender – about 5 to 10 minutes more. Serve warm.