Mmmmm, sweet potatoes. Sweet, creamy, gorgeous in color - can anyone say beta-carotene? Sweet Potatoes are one of those too good to be true foods. Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory qualities, calcium, potassium, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C. I could go on and on, and I will.
Sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious. Check out what one medium baked sweet potato has:
- 0.2 grams of fat
- 103 calories
- 0 cholesterol
- 1% sodium
contains 15% of your daily intake of potassium - helps heart, brain, kidney, and muscle tissue health
- 15% of fiber
- 438% of Vitamin A(!) - strong eyes, vision, helps heart, lungs, and kidney function
- 37% of Vitamin C
- 15% of Vitamin B-6 - helps reduce heart disease by lowering levels of homocystein, an amino in the blood
- 7% of magnesium - helps prevent high blood pressure
Beta-carotene are pigments called carotenoids that provide about 50% of Vitamin A needed in our diets. After ingested, our bodies convert beta-carotene to Vitamin A which then helps to protect cells from damage. It is used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo.
Medical authorities also recommend we get beta-carotene from foods we eat, rather than from supplements.
So eat up and turn a little orange! (Just kidding, you won't turn orange! You'll just turn healthy!)
I love this roasted vegetable bowl because you can create a bunch of different versions. Just swap out some of the vegetables for other ones and top over quinoa instead of rice. This bowl is a great reboot if you've been struggling with eating healthy. Not only is it delicious it also makes you feel amazing!
There's something about the flavors of Thai Yellow Curry that I just love - the creaminess of the coconut milk, the spices that warm you from the inside out, and the slow cooked veggies make me just happy. Forget takeout - here's how you make Thai Yellow Curry at home and just wait until you see how easy it is!
This is one of my favorite super powered breakfasts! Sweet potatoes, tofu, bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions to power you up and get your day started with a load of antioxidants, calcium, potassium, and fiber!
January Taco Tuesdays are beginning! Each Tuesday in January I'll post a new taco recipe, and I'm starting off the month with my Mexi Tacos. Hold on to your hats, these tacos are going to blow your MIND! They are SO easy and quick to make. Roast some sweet potatoes, heat up some black beans and onions, make the cashew cheese, and top with more deliciousness!
Its time for some winter chili! The combination of garbanzo, black, and white beans makes this chili super filling and hearty for a cold winter evening. Throw it in your crockpot or make it on your stove for a satisfying dinner!
This may seem like a lot of ingredients, but the end result is DELICIOUS! Sometimes it can be more like a stew than a soup, especially as the rice starts to absorb all the liquid, but either way its a hearty and filling meal!
I love curry. I LOOOOOOOVE curry. Its a little sweet, its a little spicy, its creamy, its warming, its like tucking under a cozy blanket and snuggling in. Curry comes in many forms and this is my super simple, super easy cauliflower curry recipe. Get out your crockpot and get ready to set it and forget it!
There's something about slow cooked chickpeas, potatoes, and sauce that really makes this a sweet and spicy comforting dish. I cooked it in the slow-cooker, but you could also make this on the stove in under an hour. The goal is to make sure all the veggies are cooked through.
Chili is my go to food. I can make it in 30 minutes or I can slow cook it in the crockpot all day. Its super filling, comforting, and absolutely delicious. I've recently come around to the idea of adding sweet potatoes or butternut squash to my chili. I love sweet potatoes (and squash) and chili, but putting them together never seemed like a good idea to me. Until I did - and I'm never looking back!