7 Healthy Ways to Serve Sweet Potatoes

You Should Be Eating More Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes
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Sweet potatoes are chock-full of good nutrition, including lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber and beneficial antioxidants. They're especially high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Plus they've got plenty of calcium, potassium, lutein, and Vitamin C. Sweet potatoes also offer dietary fiber, and each medium-sized sweet potato has about 100 calories.

Sweet potatoes are easy to prepare and so delicious. Find great ideas and recipes here.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes are easy and healthy.
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Baked sweet potatoes are pretty much the easiest thing to make. Wash them, pierce them with a fork, and put them in the oven. Well, I mean there's a bit more to it than that, but still, it doesn't get any easier. 

You can save time and 'bake' your potatoes in a microwave. The jacket doesn't have the same crispness of a baked sweet potato, but it's just as delicious.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes can be healthy.
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Mashed sweet potatoes make such a beautiful side dish with that gorgeous orange color. It's also easy to make -- if you can make regular mashed potatoes, then you already know how to make sweet potatoes.

Mashed sweet potatoes are usually sweet, like low-fat mashed sweet potatoes, which are sweetened with a bit of orange juice, but if you prefer something savory, try mashed sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of rosemary and Parmesan cheese. 

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are healthy if they're baked and not fried.
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Yum! Sweet potato fries are a wonderful alternative to French fries. Most of the sweet potato fries you find in restaurants are deep-fried, but they're easy to make at home. 

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet potato soup is good for you.
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Sweet potato soup may be one of the best things ever. It's so good served with a salad or some freshly baked whole grain bread. The coolest thing about soup is that you can mix and match ingredients and it's still healthy.

In a Burrito

Sweet potatoes in a burrito.
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Sweet potatoes blend nicely with legumes and corn or other veggies that can be tucked into a tortilla.  Personally, I like sweet potatoes mixed with black beans, red peppers, corn and New Mexican green chiles. 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled sweet potatoes are good for you.
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Next time you're grilling steak, fish or chicken, try some grilled sweet potatoes as a side dish. It's easy to do, just slice your sweet potatoes, boil the slices in water and then finish them on the grill. 


United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. 

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