Happy Superfoods Week! In celebration, we’re sharing our favorite superfoods. Our odes to these yummy eats and drinks will hopefully encourage you to try some new uber healthy one (or ignite a deeper love of your fave superfoods)!
Sweet potatoes. I love them, you love them, and Oprah? She really loves them.
I mean, what’s not to love? Sweet potatoes are crazy delicious, incredibly easy to make in a variety of ways, and they’re really good for you. Dig this: According to WebMD, a 3.5-ounce serving yields the following goodness:
- 2 grams fiber
- 140 calories
- 0 fat
- 195 milligrams potassium
- 6 grams carbohydrate
- 3 grams sugar
- 1 gram protein
- 15 percent USDA Vitamin A
- 47 percent USDA Vitamin C
- 4 percent calcium
- 2 percent iron
And all that’s before you pair your sweet potatoes with other super healthful foods like black beans, avocado or Greek yogurt, which is just what I do for one of my favorite 5-minute meals.
But if the above isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. Try baking a sweet potato (oven or microwave — your call), cutting it into cubes, then using it as the filling of a taco to replace the meat. Or slice a raw sweet potato into thin pieces, lightly coat with olive oil and your favorite spices (I prefer savory and spicy, although some folks like adding sugar, and rosemary is a delicious complement), and either bake or toss in a frying pan for sweet potato fries.
Still not sold? Roast your sweet potato (along with some red bell peppers) and throw it all in a big ass salad (maybe with some kale? Puree it along with a little ginger, some carrots and Greek yogurt for a tasty soup (or even a smoothie). And, I mean, sure, you can just bake or mash them up and season with any number of spices, like with the fries — feel free to get creative with cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic, paprika, or whatever you happen to be loving from your spice drawer these days.
Oh, and for an awesomely filling breakfast, add some sweet potatoes (cubed, mashed, whatever) to your egg scramble or omelet. Oh. My. God. SOOO good. And pancakes! I have yet to make them myself, but one of my absolute favorite breakfasts after a long run or bike ride is a big ol’ sweet potato pancake. (And now, I’m going to have to work on finding a healthier recipe for them, aren’t I?)
Another bonus: Sweet potatoes comply with pretty much all the dietary trends around. Vegan, gluten-free, and most folks agree they’re Paleo-friendly as long as they’re eaten in moderation — whatever you or your dinner companion’s restrictions or preferences are, sweet potatoes will probably be a safe (and tremendously tasty) choice.
How do you enjoy your superfood sweet potatoes? —Kristen