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One Potato, Two Potato, Sweet Potato, Four!

The countdown is finally over! It’s Holliday Season! But before slipping into your stretchiest pants and salivating over the joy that food brings, it’s time for some cooking therapy.

To clear your head of any indecision, we’ve decided to call forth some gratitude for the king of fall foods. Easily one of the most versatile roots, the sweet potato will be an excellent addition to your Holiday season dishes, and will certainly help you reel in those post-meal compliments!

What the heck is a sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes have Peruvian origins, dating back to 8000 BC. While most people might think that the sweet potato is just a large bulb of, well, carbs, it actually has a dazzling profile of nutrients and packs some serious flavor. Before you start asking questions, here’s a quick rundown of what I’m hinting at:

  1. Contrary to popular belief, sweet potatoes are not related to yams
  2. For those of our readers who are diabetic/hypoglycemic, or know someone who is, research suggests that sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index and are known to reduce episodes of low blood sugar and insulin resistance
  3. One medium spud contains over 400% of your daily Vitamin A intake, which aids in restoring your vision (did I mention they’re also packed with potassium and fiber?!)
  4. Sweet potatoes contain a nutrient called Choline, which helps regulate inflammation, aids sleep, muscle relaxation, and memory!

Nutrient Breakdown of a Single Sweet Potato:

Calories: 103

Fat: 0g

Carbohydrate: 24g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 2.3g

How do you cook a sweet potato?

Before you start trying to reinvent the wheel, we’ll help brief you on five reliable recipes that work for a variety of eaters (even those with a vegan diet or IBS!).

*****Click on the title for the recipe and instructions*****

  1. Whiskey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Sound tantalizing? High fives to Melissa Clarke for getting fancy and making this creation possible. If you want to add an extra little sweetness, try including some honey from one of our local partners!

  1. Baked

Simple, beautiful, delicious. A touch of garlic and sprinkle of rosemary and thyme will        complement the natural flavor profile of these sugar daddies.

  1. Mashed

Sometimes keeping it OG is the best way: Rachael Ray gives us a simple map.

  1. Sunny Side Sweet Potato Sliders

For our dear friends with any iteration of IBS, fear not, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Sweet Potato Pie *PALEO*

A terribly tasty alternative to pumpkin pie, this crustless sweet potato alternative will have any gluten free lover’s round of applause.

So, there you have it! If you’re feeling a little bored of taking the old russet potato route, take a detour and try out one of these finger lickin’ suggestions. You never know, it could become tradition!

Contributed by: Rebecca Stone