With the Holidays coming up, I wanted to include some information that will make your holiday experience fun and healthy. And what better holiday food than the sweet potato? I love sweet potatoes, not only because they give me extra strength at the gym but because they taste so gosh darn good!
However, I didn’t always like sweet potatoes. In fact, I had a rather biased disliking to them. When I was a kid, the most common food in Colombia were potatoes, not sweet potatoes, but regular potatoes. I loved those little suckers! They were so common, it was completely normal to eat them at every meal- breakfast, lunch and dinner.
So when I came over to the United States, I was always excited when people offered me a sweet potato with my meal. But sadly disappointed when a big, redish orange thing was put in front of me. “This isn’t a freaking potato,” I thought. I’d refuse to eat it.
As I grew up, I was informed of all the amazing health benefits of sweet potatoes. I realized that if I wanted to get such great nutrients from one single food, I had to give sweet potatoes a change. Since then I try to eat a sweet potato everyday, especial before my workouts because I get such a great energy boost.
Sweet Potatoes are often called super food. It’s been deemed a super food because of all the amazing health benefits. Most of us know that a sweet potato, although considered a vegetable, is also a carbohydrate. And a good one at that! We often here the myths about carbs, you know the ones, “Don’t eat em”. That’s a terrible theory because you need carbs in order to have sufficient energy for a hard workout and you entire day in general. The real thing you should say to yourself is only eat good carbs. And what’s the best good carb you can get your hands on? Sweet Potatoes, here’s why.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:
- Meets your daily need for vitamin A
- Provides nearly a third of the vitamin C you need daily
- Has as much fiber as half a cup of oatmeal (with the skin on)
- A medium sweet potato is only about 100 calories
- Very rich in beta carotene, which is a major anti oxidant
- Great source of iron
- Huge immunity booster
- Effective in curing congestion of nose, bronchi and lungs
- Helps weight loss by feeling full longer
If you haven’t discovered the awesomeness of the sweet potato, you need to go try it. The benefits you’ll get out of it are unlike many other foods. Not a fan of the sweet potato taste? Sprinkle on some ground cinnamon, it’ll give it a great sweet flavor. Or do what I did, cut them up into sticks and bake them with a little olive oil, pepper and a dash of sea salt and you’ll get sweet potato french fries!