Sunday, February 17, 2013

Power Food: Sweet Potatoes

Hi all,

So this was my (Steph’s) turn to pick a power food that I love. I decided to pick sweet potatoes because I absolutely love them. Growing up I was kind of turned off by them because they were so different to me and I seriously had a mashed potato addiction. Any other potato just didn't cut it for me back then! Plus i always thought "thats not a potato! Its orange!!" Lol. Nowadays they are a staple in mine and my boyfriends diet. We eat them quite frequently. Not only do they taste delicious but they are really good for you! Sweet potatoes contain a few vitamins (B6, C, D) as well as iron, magnesium and potassium.. all of which are crucial to your personal health and development. (I won’t bore you with the details as to why.. you know I tend to go on and on and on.. ;). They’re also high in carotenoids which is great for eyesight and your immune system. This also has many, many advantages. 

Plus they’re so sweet I’d want to eat them for dessert! ha.

Steph: There are so many ways to make a sweet potato. I've had them mashed, roasted, fried, baked whole.. I could really go on with this one. I'd have to say my favourite way is to roast them. You can do this in sooo many ways but here’s what I tend to do:

1-2 large sweet potatoes (1 usually goes really, really far with me and my boyfriend)
Oil (I’ve used olive, canola and vegetable oil.. haven’t really noticed much difference in taste)
Salt & Pepper

Optional spices that I like: Chipotle, garlic powder, thyme

1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Peel the sweet potato
3. Either cube, slice, dice or cut your potato into a french fry shape. (I switch it up every time)
4. Add enough oil to cover the slices. You can add more if you like yours to be crispy
5. Add salt and pepper (and any additional spices you may like)
6. Put in oven! Cook for approx 30 minutes. This will vary depending on how crispy or soft you like your sweet potatoes done
7. Enjoy!

Jenn: I have heard such great things about sweet potatoes, however I am yet to find a recipe that I enjoy. I do make mashed sweet potato for my son and he absolutely loves it!
To make sweet potato for your baby all you need to do is peel the potato, chop it up and boil it until tender. When mashing I will add some previously boiled lukewarm water to give it more of a smooth consistency. Sometimes I will need to add a teaspoon of fruit to add just a little extra sweetness, other times he'll eat it up no problem!
I store leftovers in proper portion containers in the fridge for no more than three days. After the three days I recommend discarding!

Steph & Jenn

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