Imagine digging into a baked sweet potato drizzled with creamy coconut milk then topped with shredded coconut, ground flax and hemp seeds, crunchy walnuts and a dusting of cinnamon. Each delicious forkful is naturally sweet, loaded with antioxidants, and full of fiber and protein. Wow, how's that for nutrient rich!
Along with enjoying the scrumptious taste, it turns out we also reap many health benefits from eating baked sweet potatoes.
- Good for your vision: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A.
- Cancer fighting: High in Vitamins A and C, two powerful antioxidants that work to remove free radicals (chemicals that damage cells) in the body.
- Your digestive system will thank you: A good source of fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and prevents colon cancer.
- Diabetic-friendly: Low on the glycemic index and sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Energizing: Sweet potatoes are a rich source of energy due to their supply of complex carbohydrates.
- Anti-inflammatory: Vitamins A and C are anti-inflammatory nutrients, making sweet potatoes an excellent food choice for those suffering from arthritis or asthma.
I like to bake up sweet potatoes by the batch so that Marty and I can enjoy them a couple times a week for breakfast. They are so easy to bake. Follow the simple baking instructions and my recipe for Load 'Em Up Sweet Potato to enjoy your own serving. Here’s a time saving tip - while you’re baking dinner, if you have extra space in your oven, bake the sweet potatoes.
- Line the lower rack of the oven with foil to catch any drippings.
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Wash dirt off the sweet potatoes.
- Pierce each sweet potato skin 3 times with a fork.
- Place sweet potatoes on upper oven rack.
- Bake until tender, about 45-60 minutes.
Let the baked sweet potatoes cool down a bit before you store them in a covered container in the refrigerator. Depending on your preference you can either eat the sweet potatoes warm or cold. I prefer them warm, so I just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two to reheat. I am not too fond of microwaving raw sweet potatoes. They never get consistently cooked for me. I usually end up with tough overcooked spots. For those more microwave savvy than me here’s instructions on how to microwave sweet potatoes.
Load 'Em Up Sweet Potato
Dig into a creamy, nutty and naturally sweet, nutrient-loaded sweet potato.
- 1 baked sweet potato
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 3 Tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 ounce of nuts such as pecan pieces, or crushed walnuts
- 3 Tablespoons raw, shelled hemp seed
- generous sprinkle of cinnamon
- Place cooked sweet potato in a bowl, split in half and mash up insides with a fork.
- If potato has been refrigerated then warm up in microwave for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add toppings and mix in.
Yield: 1 servingPrep Time: 00 hrs. 03 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 02 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.Tags: vegan, sweet potato, protein
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