Sweet Potato for Smooth Skin and Relaxation
Sweet potatoes are another superfood and popular in the fall. Full of nutrition and health benefits including improved skin elasticity and anti-stress components, sweet potatoes require little preparation for the perfect side dish, snack, or even dessert.
What makes a sweet potato a superfood?
High in Vitamin B6 which reduces a chemical in the body linked to degenerative diseases.
Good source of Vitamin C which aids the immune system, supports bone and tooth formation, accelerates wound healing, and produces collagen which helps skin retain elasticity.
Contains Vitamin D which plays a role in energy levels, mood, and helps build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth.
Source of iron for healthy blood, resistance to stress, and proper immune functioning.
Contains magnesium which is essential to relaxation and influences many body process including muscle function, digestion, heart function, bone formation, and more.
Not sure what to do with a sweet potato? Wrap one in foil and throw it in a 425* oven for 45 to 60 minutes. Unwrap, mash down (as pictured above) and add a tiny dab of real butter or a scant tsp of olive oil and some salt/pepper. Or…cut baked sweet potato into bite size chunks or spears and drizzle with a little almond butter for a delicious and hearty snack (makes 2 to 4 servings per potato).
Another option: Peel and cut 2 to 4 sweet potatoes into 1” cubes. Place cubes in medium to large saucepan and cover with water 2”. Bring to boil and boil until sweet potatoes are easily pierced with fork (15 to 20 minutes). Drain and place sweet potato chunks in a bowl. Mash potatoes and add a pat of real butter, a Tbsp of maple syrup, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, a dash of salt, and orange juice or milk to a smooth mashed potato texture.
Take advantage of free health screenings this Saturday, November 10th, 9 am to 4 pm at the American Diabetes Expo 2012, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Free screenings include blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, foot screenings, diabetes risk assessment, eye screenings, and BMI. Plus free vendor samples, recipes, and a bookstore! I’ll be volunteering at the Del Monte booth from noon to 4 pm. Would love to chat with you!
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