How Sweet are Sweet Potatoes

Y’all I LOVE sweet potatoes. They are what I consider a staple food. I always have one in the pantry ready to make into a simple meal that packs the nutrients.

What’s so Sweet? Um these are awesome. They contain a pigment called beta-carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A. AKA that awesome vitamin that helps our eye sight! But sweet potatoes don’t just come in orange varieties! Have you ever heard of a purple sweet potato? I have, but haven’t been so lucky to try one yet! Purple sweet potatoes contain a large amount of the plant pigments anthocyanins. I learned a ton about these pigments and many others last semester in Science of Food. Both beta-carotene and anthocyanin are great antioxidants because they contain delocalized pi electrons. That means they easily donate electrons and help prevent the formation of free radicals in the body.

But I don’t eat things solely because they are good for me. There are plenty of nutrient packed foods that I just do not like, so I don’t force myself to eat them. But I have always loved sweet potatoes. I have not always been very creative with them. Seriously thank goodness for this girl who taught me that nut butters can go on top of sweet potatoes. Nut butters are packed with nutrients themselves, but they deserve a post of their own.¬† The lessons didn’t stop there. This next meal I am about to reveal is my absolute favorite, which is why I tend to have it as frequently as possible (Read: whenever I have an empty almond butter jar) and I always have it before major tests/exams. I thank sweet potatoes for my performance this year in all of my classes (well sweet potatoes and a good deal of studying before their consumption)

The Sweet Potato in a Jar!

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The Steps:

  1. Microwave a sweet potato for 5-9 minutes depending on the size
  2. Place half the sweet potato into the jar
    • I scoop it out of the skin and eat the skin on the side (that is where all of the fiber is so try to eat the skin!) but you could mash it up with the inside into the jar
  3. Sprinkle (or pour) cinnamon and any other spices on top
  4. Add half of your other chosen toppings
    • Sliced banana
    • Yogurt
    • Flaxseeds
    • Maple Syrup (a must in my jars!)
    • Honey/Agave
    • Anything else you think up!
  5. Repeat step 2 with the other half!
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4!
  7. Close the lid, carry your simple (almost no dish) meal to your place of dining, and enjoy!

How do you enjoy your sweet potatoes? Have you ever put them in a jar?

What are your favorite/staple foods?