Food Focus: Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes seem to go hand in hand with the holiday season, and fortunately, eating these and other sweet vegetables are great for you any time of the year. The great news for those with a sweet tooth, is that cravings for sweets can be greatly reduced by adding sweet vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, beets, squash, and turnips to your daily diet.  Sweet potatoes elevate your blood sugar gently rather than with the sudden high you would get from simple refined carbohydrates, so there’s no fear of an energy crash or craving roller coaster after you eat them. Sweet potatoes are also much higher in nutrients than white potatoes, especially in vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes’ comforting creamy consistency is a satisfying and soothing treat especially in the cooler moths. Did you know that sweet potatoes are healing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and can help to remove toxins from the body?  Yes, they do all that and more. Eating sweet potatoes can increase the quantity of milk in lactating women and can also lessen menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms. Enjoy this amazingly versatile vegetable in savory or sweet dishes. Try it roasted, mashed or baked with a sprinkle of sea salt and a dab of grass-fed butter. And for a special treat this season, make sure to try my recipe for frosty sweet potato pie here.

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