Sweet Potatoes are a Super Food
Do you enjoy sweet potatoes? Did you know they’re a super food that contains many nutritional benefits? The World’s Healthiest Foods, lists numerous benefits of incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet. Some of these health benefits include increasing your antioxidant intake, consuming more anti-inflammatory nutrients, and even regulating your blood sugar. That doesn’t even include all of the vitamins and minerals contained in these root vegetables. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sweet potatoes provide 400 percent of your daily vitamin A dose!
Sweet potatoes often appear on Thanksgiving menus and for other holiday celebrations, but it’s time for them to be in the spotlight! Eating them regularly can be beneficial for your health.
Enjoy baked or roasted sweet potatoes, use them instead of rice under curried dishes, or mash them for a delicious side. Whether you like them savory or a little sweeter (try honey or maple syrup for natural sweeteners), include sweet potatoes in your weekly menu plan.
SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN SOUP
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 c. peeled and diced sweet potato
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
4 c. chicken or vegetable stock
1 28-oz. can diced tomato
1 15-oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
Heat oil in the bottom of a large pot. Add onion and sauté until slightly translucent. Add sweet potato and continue to cook for five minutes or so. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt and cook another minute. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender. Makes four to six servings.
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