Recently we banned bananas in our home because my daughter seems to be slightly allergic to them and we made a rule that if she cannot have a certain food then we will not have it in our home. My daughter really loves bananas too and we are hoping we can re-introduce them to her soon, but for now we are adding bananas to our list of banned foods.
Usually when someone thinks about the nutrients in bananas they immediately think of potassium. While bananas are often touted as the go-to source of potassium, a medium sweet potato has 28% more potassium than a banana! Potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, and a deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability, and hypertension.
One baked, medium-sized sweet potato also contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A (a white potato contains 1%), 37% of your vitamin C, some calcium, and iron too- for just 105 calories – and they also deliver 4 grams of dietary fiber—16% of the daily value—and absolutely no fat.
Even though I am giving up bananas for a bit I am excited that I “have” to eat more sweet potatoes – why don’t you just twist my arm a little more 🙂 – I just don’t want to get bored eating them the same way all the time, so this week for my five things link-up with The World Around Her and Little Miss Mama I am sharing five favorite healthy sweet potato recipes with you… and p.s. kids love usually love sweet potatoes too!
1. My go-to recipe for sweet potatoes are cutting them up into wedges, adding some seasoning, and baking them in the oven. Simple, not much clean-up, and very tasty! I use this recipe from the Food Network and sometimes I include the cinnamon and other times I leave it out, depending on what mood I’m in. If you like things a little spicy, try this recipe from Cooking Light, Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges, for a little more kick.
2. I am not a big fan of regular mashed potatoes, they always seem so boring to me, but when mashed potatoes are made using sweet potatoes I have a very different opinion. This recipe from Weight Watchers uses greek yogurt (which can also be replaced with coconut yogurt if you’re dairy-free like we are,) which makes them super creamy and dreamy! Give it a try and I assure you this will be a staple side dish in your household.
3. Who doesn’t love Terra Chips!? Well they pack some serious calories and I feel much better making my own baked version, so has a healthier alternative I use this recipe from Rachael Ray. You can just use sweet potatoes or add in other veggies as well, it’s up to you. These are super delicious and satisfy my craving for crunch without me feeling like I have to do crunches afterwards to work off the calories!
4. Sweet Potato Hash Browns! No Way! These are super delicious and a great menu addition to change up your weekend brunches. I’ve only made these a couple of time because we’re always in a rush around our house in the morning, but taking the time to make these is worth it, and I now have them on the menu for this Sundays brunch!
5. Did someone say tacos!? Oh I love tacos and when I was checking out new recipes online I came across these Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos – yum! I just couldn’t resist not sharing these from Joy the Baker even though I have yet to try it. Sweet potatoes and tacos sound like a match made in heaven. I cannot wait to try this recipe out next week, I’ll let you know how I make out!
Do you love sweet potatoes as much as I do!? Did you know that sweet potatoes were such a versatile veggie? Give some of these recipes a try and let me know if sweet potatoes will now be a staple in your household.