With all the food and festivities of the holiday season, what’s the best way to stay healthy while still indulging your sweet tooth? The next time a holiday dinner party rolls around, I suggest offering to bring a plate of baked sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are in-season, delicious, and super healthy! Try out this handy recipe and let me know what you think!
Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory, nutritionally dense and can help lower blood sugar. They are one of nature’s best source of beta-carotene, which is the form of vitamin A that your body can absorb. Vitamin A is important for a strong immune system, improved vision, healthy skin (without acne, dryness, flaking or psoriasis), and resistance to oxidative stress (which can lead to cancer).
It’s also a fat soluble vitamin, so be sure to consume your sweet potatoes with some fat (such as butter or olive oil) to improve your body’s absorption.
Do you have your own favorite sweet potato recipe? Please share!
BAKED SWEET POTATOES
- 2 sweet potatoes, even in size and scrubbed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 ounce sour cream, room temperature
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Poke several holes into each sweet potato.
- Place sweet potatoes on sheet tray and bake for 45 minutes or until soft.
- Remove the sweet potatoes and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Cut a slit through each sweet potato and peel the skin off the center portion.
- Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter into each slit of sweet potato and let it melt.
- Using a fork or spoon, gently smash the center portion of sweet potato where the butter have melted to widen the opening.
- Fill the slits in the sweet potatoes with sour cream and sprinkle salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper on top for taste.