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Vegetable spotlight: sweet potatoes


Sweet potatoes should be considered a staple in an athlete’s diet — walkers, joggers, and runners of all ages and abilities included. They are lower on the glycemic index compared to their plain potato counterparts, they’re considered an anti-inflammatory food, and they’re an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, just to name a few benefits among many.

Sweet potatoes are also unique in their ability to improve blood sugar regulation, which is contrary to what we traditionally think about carbs of the potato-sort. Best of all, sweet potatoes — which come in orange and purple varieties — taste delicious.They are readily available in most grocery stores and at open air markets nearly all year round, too. And if you’re watching your budget, they don’t break the bank either.

Here are 20 tasty, hand-picked recipes that will have you running to the store to stock up!

One of my favorite ways to eat a sweet potato, which I mentioned recently in my Healthy Lunches feature, is to simply scrub the potato clean, poke a few holes in the flesh with the tines of a fork, and microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes — flipping halfway through. Then slice in half and top with your favorite ingredients (black beans, cheese, Greek yogurt, sour cream, etc.) for a quick, hearty lunch or dinner on the go.

Are you sweet on sweet potatoes? What’s your favorite recipe?

Written by  Ashley Marcin.