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Fresh Food Spotlight : Sweet Potatoes

If you’re looking for healthy carbohydrates to implement into your diet, Sweet Potatoes are one of the healthiest on the planet!  Sweet potatoes are loaded with essential fats, vitamins, and minerals and on the reverse side are very low in fat.  These vegetables are inexpensive and cinnamon can be added for sweetness.  They also have great fat metabolism burning qualities. I will explain a couple different healthy cooking methods and discuss how much should be consumed and how often.

With only 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of sweet potatoes you get almost as many vitamins and minerals as a multi vitamin boosting your daily performance in all areas.  Sweet Potatoes have: choline, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium (some natural salt is needed), zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, Thiamine, Niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C. 

For women, serving sizes of 3.5 ounces (20g carbs) can be eaten at least 2-3 times a day along with appropriate serving sizes for 20g of carbohydrates of brown/white rice and regular potatoes for a total of 4-5 meals a day with 20g carbs each.  For men, serving sizes of 5-7 ounces (28-40g carbs) should be eaten at least 2-3 times a day and alternating the other types of rice and potato 5 times a day depending on activity levels, body type and goals.  One way I like to cook my sweet potatoes are to slice them up into fries and fry them in coconut oil which is very healthy for you and I season them with my normal trio, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and chili powder, to increase my metabolism naturally to help burn excess fat.  If I don’t sautee my sweet potatoes I will grill them and season them the same way, they are delicious either way and I highly recommend you incorporate them into your daily routine!