Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't sweat the sweet potatoes !

Carbs, we love them but did you know that there is one that is particularly good for you? Yes, not all carbohydrates are made equal. Some are fast digesting while others are slow. Your body can utilize carbohydrates for fuel during training if your body is proficient at metabolizing them. Just like the difference sources of fats and proteins, there is one carbohydrate that can actually help you lose weight and increase your health.
If you didn't know already, the one food that is great for you is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are not from the traditional potato family which is known as a night shade, but it is rather from the morning glory family. Yams and sweet potatoes are sometimes confused with one another, but the difference is the skin. True yams are starchier and drier with tougher bark-like skin, while sweet potatoes have smooth, edible skin and are either firm or soft when cooked.
Why are sweet potatoes so good for your health? First off, a medium potato is about 110 calories with 2 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and helps keep you feeling full. Not to mention, the below vitamins and minerals that one serving of sweet potato has.
Vitamin A (377% DV)
Vitamin C (5% DV)
Manganese (17% DV)
Copper (10% DV)
Pantothenic Acid (10% DV)
Vitamin B6 (14% DV)
Potassium (13% DV)
All of these nutrients are vital to good health, keeping your hair, skin and body looking amazing too!
One of the larges vitamins a sweet potato contains is vitamin A. Vitamin A is a really important nutrient for vision and a healthy immune system. Eating sweet potatoes has been found to increase blood levels of vitamin A into healthy ranges. Beta-carotene is responsible for the orange color of sweet potatoes, so flesh that has a richer orange color is higher in this important antioxidant.
Fiber keeps you fuller longer. Sweet potatoes have 4 grams of fiber. This makes it a great complex carbohydrate that you can eat at lunch and feel full all the way till dinner. Fiber helps to regulate your blood sugar while slowing digestion and keeping you satiated.Weight loss has one common thing no matter how you approach it, being in a deficit of calories which also means being hungry. Learning how to manage that hunger with foods that keep you feeling full is a great tool to have when you are trying to drop a few pounds.
I love to make sweet potatoes in the oven. All I do is wash them up and let them dry. I slice them into "french fry" looking strips. Spray a baking sheet with PAM and season with garlic and herb Mrs.Dash. This gives me my complex carbs for the week and helps me stay right on track of my diet and post workout nutrition!
How do you like eating your sweet potatoes ?

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