So today I was listening to this podcast episode of the Model Health Show Why Shawn Stevenson. He was interviewing Michael Morelli, author of The Sweet Potato Diet. Does this title intrigue anyone else? Obviously, I had to listen just based on the funny title of the book.
I don’t know about you, but I am equally intrigued as I am overwhelmed by the amount of research that supports so many different kinds of diets. I mean honestly… there’s paleo, ketogenic, carb cycling, vegan, whole 30, and the list goes on. If you’re looking for an answer on which diet you should follow, you’re in the wrong place. I honestly believe its a matter of testing what’s best for you, sticking with whole foods, and focusing on developing a healthy lifestyle, instead of a quick fad diet.
Before we get too far off track on that tangent, let’s get back on track with the topic at hand: sweet potatoes. While I’m not going to sit here and preach that you need to eat sweet potatoes every day or make it your diet like the Sweet Potato Diet suggests, I will tell you that sweet potato is an excellent complex carb to incorporate into your healthy eating plan, and here’s why!
- Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients. Did you know they contain more Vitamin A than any other food in the world?! What? Yes.
- Sweet potatoes can help support your immune system. The iron the sweet potato contains helps to increase your resiliency with stress, and can help you increase your energy too.
- Sweet potatoes have a natural anti-inflammatory response. They can help decrease inflammation, and are a great source of magnesium which can increase relaxation.
- Sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index. This means they do not cause blood sugar spikes because the natural sugar is slowly released into the blood stream. Win!
- Sweet potatoes have been shown to help keep away cancer. They are high in carotenoids which help strengthen your immune system to protect against disease.
The list can honestly keep going, but I think you get the point- sweet potatoes are an awesome carbohydrate option! I personally love them because they keep me full, taste amazing, and are so versatile.
Here are a few unique ways you can incorporate sweet potato into your diet:
- Sweet Potato Disks
- Sweet Potato brownies
- Black bean and sweet potato chili
- Garlic Sweet Potato soup
- Sweet Potato Waffles
- Sweet Potato, Avocado, Tomato Salad
- Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Pasta
Anyone else’s mouth watering? I know mine is! Hope that you enjoy these recipes and reaping all the benefits from the amazing Sweet Potato!