Alright people, today I am going to talk to you about sweet potatoes. There is so much more to these recipes that I share with you than simple ingredients. I don’t know about you, but as I am truly learning about food, I am getting so excited! What you put into your body has a direct correlation to your overall health and well-being. That is why every ingredient in your recipes is so important.
Now, back to the sweet potato. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Don’t forget about the potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus! They are rich in complex carbohydrates, which your body needs after a workout to restore the body’s glycogen level.
I did a little research on the best ways to prepare sweet potatoes. According to Michael Greger M.D. FACLM, boiling is the best method for retaining the nutritional values in the vegetable. It lowers the glycemic index (GI) level.
“In one study, the average GI value for roasted sweet potato was 82, for baked sweet potato 94, and for boiled sweet potato 46.” (George Mateljan – whfoods.org)
Make sure to keep that skin peel on! It has nearly ten times the antioxidant power in comparison to the flesh of the potato. Michael Greger M.D. FACLM also noted that the method of baking the potato caused a loss in the power of these beneficial antioxidants.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today was handed down to me when I was struggling with the gut healing process after going gluten free. I didn’t realize that these muffins had even more health benefits! I normally make a batch of these each Monday morning after my workout. They are my go-to for breakfast and snacks throughout the week.
While the scent of these sweet potato muffins may have you dreaming of fall, these gut-healthy snacks are perfect all year round. When on the run or in need of something other than a protein shake while weight training, pick up a couple of these muffins. These beauties make your eating healthy goals easy! Your protein, good carbs, fiber and fats all bundled up and ready to eat.