Fall Produce 101: Sweet Potatoes

 

Now that fall’s back in season, we’ve been graced with all of its splendid seasonal spices and produce, and to be honest, who doesn’t love them? All of those amazing comfort foods and delicious aromas just make you think of home. One of those amazing comfort foods is one of my personal favorites: the sweet potato. If your association with sweet potatoes is limited to the candied version or the sweet potato pie or casserole that Grandma makes for Thanksgiving every year, you are seriously missing out!

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, so you don’t get any of the refined sugars you would from some other carbohydrates and starches. Despite their fair share of carbohydrates (about 33 grams per cup), they contain loads of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer, and therefore regulate your hunger. They contain a compound that increases levels of adiponectin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar in the body. These low glycemic foods get rid of those pesky sugar cravings and there’s research to support that low glycemic food may stay in your digestive system longer, keeping you satiated. Still not convinced that sweet potatoes are awesome? They also contain high volumes of vitamin A, which promotes strong eye, bone, and skin health, as well as anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Now are you convinced? Whether you boil them, steam them, stuff them, mash them….just eat them. It’s that simple. Start out with these recipes and you’ll be on your way to sweet potato heaven.

Honey-Lime Stuffed Quinoa Sweet Potatoes from Cooking Classy

Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers from biosanes

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili from Damn Delicious

Sweet Potato Burrito with Avocado Salsa from Cookie and Kate

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread from Averie Cooks

Tell us some of your favorite ways to prepare, cook, and eat sweet potatoes in the comments below!


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