Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sweet Potatoes

Some people call the sweet potato a nutritional All-Star, one of the best vegetables you can eat.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked the sweet potato #1 in nutrition of all vegetables.

The sweet potato has a low glycemic index number meaning that it is digested slowly and does not cause a spike in blood sugar. That keeps the cravings for junk food away.

Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts for one medium size sweet potato:
Calories - 130
Fat - .39 g
Protein - 2.15 g
Net carbs - 31.56 g
Dietary fiber - 3.9 g
Calcium - 28.6 mg
Sodium - 16.9 mg
Potassium 265.2 mg
Folate - 18.2 mcg
Vitamin C - 29.51 mg
Vitamin A - 26081.9 IU
source: US Department of Agriculture

Not only nutritious, the sweet potato is also tasty and easy to cook. I like to microwave a sweet potato, cut it in half, smoosh the sides, add and dollop of olive oil margarine, sprinkle cinnamon on top and eat. Sweet & delicious.

Have you ever had sweet potato fries. Yummo! Bake them in the oven instead of frying for a healthier treat.

Tomorrow I am going to try making sweet potato soup from what's left of tonight's roast chicken and sweet potatoes dinner. I hope my soup will be as tasty as the Butternut Squash Soup I had at Atlanta Bread.

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