Looking to shake up your veggies? Consider adding more sweet potato into your diet. This vibrant root vegetable is not only packed with amazing health benefits, but it also tastes delicious and can be served up in numerous different ways.
Thought carrots were the only major source of this nutrient? Orange sweet potatoes are also filled with beta carotene, a substance that’s used by the body to make more vitamin A. Vitamin A is vitally important for various different reasons, from supporting eye health and strengthening the lining of your gut to supporting your immune system so it’s better at fighting off illnesses.
Sweet potatoes, especially purple ones, contain lots of antioxidants which are used by our bodies to help remove free radicals. A lot of them are found in the skin, so try cooking your sweet potatoes without peeling them first.
Due to sweet potatoes nutritional benefits, it tends to be a safe vegetable for everyone to consume.
Boiling up and mashing your sweet potatoes is one of the healthiest ways to eat them as you won’t need to add any oil. For extra flavour, consider shaking in a little cumin or a pinch of ground nutmeg.
This healthy treat allows you to keep the skin of your sweet potatoes on so you can reap the benefits of all of its antioxidants. Wrap your sweet potatoes in foil and bake them in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft in the middle. You could then fill them with some houmous, tomato salad or even a generous dollop of homemade guacamole.Remember to always wash your sweet potatoes if you’re going to eat them with the skin on and slice off any tubers or bits which look bruised or dirty. For other ingredients to help you prep your sweet potatoes, have a look at our cooking range. Want more tips on which foods are the best for maintaining a healthy and happy body? Check out the rest of our nutrition guides over on The Health Hub.
Last updated: 16 June 2020