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Sweet Potatoes: Sweet, Salty, Not so Naughty!

Posted Aug 10 2009 12:23am

If you’ve been missing potatoes or just want a few fun ideas to refresh the diet, try some of these recipes involving sweet potatoes.While high in carbs, about 25 grams for a small five ounce baked sweet potato, fortunately they are low-glycemic index carbs that negatively impact blood sugar levels of non-diabetics. Plus, look at that color! Most brightly colored foods are loaded with anti-oxidants. Orange veggies and fruit in particular have vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene),   vitamin C and manganese, copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. These nutrients also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Healthier Tuna Salad– kiss the fattening mayo goodbye, you won’t miss it with this sweet/salty/spicy full-flavor twist. Drain only half the water from one six-ounce can white/albacore tuna. Mix it with one small baked sweet potato (without skin), add fresh grated pepper, a few tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce.   Enjoy this tuna salad over green salad topped with slivered almonds, with veggies in a low carb or whole wheat tortilla.

Sweet P. Snack– When “the cupboard was bare,” I discovered the perfect natural pre-workout snack. No lab isolate in this fitness bar! Bake or microwave a small sweet potato. Slice and dip in 2 tbsp peanut or even better, almond butter to satisfy a sweet craving or 2tbsp hummus if seeking salty. Either spread provides the complex carbs to start and protein to stay with you but not bomb your workout.

Cocoa Mousse- I guarantee this cocoa version guiltlessly assassinates any sweet tooth and even gets a sneaks a little protein in there!   Bake or microwave 2-3 small sweet potatoes, then blend them in food processor with 1/2 cup skim milk or unsweetened   soy milk, 1/4 cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon (being reported w/ anti-cancer bennies) and 1 tablespoon ginger (the wet stuff in jar or fresh grated root are much better in everything than the crappy powder).   Eat immediately or store in refrigerator for up to five days.

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