Have you read the Epicurious.com article about the top food trends for 2011? If not, here it is.
If you have read it, then you know that my favorite tuber, the Sweet Potato, made the list! Epicurious.com calls them the “Vegetable of 2011″. Whether you like them or not, there is no disagreeing about the health benefits of the Sweet Potato.
On the website The World’s Healthiest Food’s you’ll find a very lengthy profile of the Sweet Potato. First of all, they’re bursting with antioxidants like Beta Carotene/Vitamin A. Research has found that the purple varieties are even more abounding in antioxidants, even more than blueberries. And my personal research has shown that the purple guys are just as tasty, and even heartier!
They provide important anti-inflammatory benefits, which are helpful to ward off a number of diseases.
Also, Sweet Potatoes are a great source of B6, Vitamin C, and fiber. When eating Sweet Potatoes it’s important to enjoy them with some source of healthy fat, like Olive or Coconut Oil or Butter, as fat aids the absorption of their many nutrients. I love my sweet potatoes baked in foil, but to retain the most nutrients steam or boil them.
As you can tell, I’m very passionate about this : )
Apparently Google searches for Sweet Potato Fries have gone way up, which is understandable. But I am interested in hearing your favorite ways to eat Sweet Potatoes!
Yesterday I threw together this incredible Chipotle Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup with Mung Beans. Talk about luxurious; this soup will warm you up on the coldest winter day, and because the Sweet Potato is pureed is goes down easy, like silk (haha).
Basically I threw in all that I had in the house, which wasn’t a lot. You know that show on the Food Network, 5 Ingredient Fix with Claire Robinson? Well this is so easy it could be the 10 (really easy) Ingredient Fix. Or it could be a Sweet Potato Soul 30 minute meal. Ooohhh, I like the sound of that!
I wish you could see the smile on my face as I share this with you, cause it’s good!
1 tsp freshly grated Ginger