Superfood: Sweet Potatoes

Versatile sweet potatoes are a sweet source for good nutrition.

  • Superfood: Sweet Potatoes
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Superfood: Sweet Potatoes

    Packed with both nutrients and a sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables available. They are chock-full of disease-preventing, cancer-fighting, and immune-boosting benefits. These tubers are also good sources of the anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins A and C, making them an excellent food choice for those suffering from arthritis or asthma. People with diabetes may also benefit from eating this root vegetable because it ranks low on the glycemic index and has less of an effect on blood glucose levels.

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

    Roasting Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith apples with sweet potatoes give this dish an extra punch of fiber and flavor. Consider using half the amount of sweet potatoes and replacing the other half with another seasonal favorite, butternut squash.
  • Couscous, Sweet Potato, and Black Soybean Salad
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photo: Oxmoor House

    Couscous, Sweet Potato, and Black Soybean Salad

    This salad is loaded with beneficial nutrients to protect the body from cancer and heart disease. Sweet potatoes, spinach, soybeans, and whole grains are all nutrient-rich and contribute a wealth of vitamins and minerals to promote good health.
  • Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Sabrina Bone

    Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

    Curry dishes are an antioxidant powerhouse because they use large quantities of spices like curry powder, coriander, turmeric, garlic, and ginger. Sweet potatoes also offer antioxidants, making this dish both healthful and flavorful.
  • Sweet Potato Trifle
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Sweet Potato Trifle

    This make-ahead, no-bake dessert layers canned sweet potato with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and toasted angel food cake. The trifle gets a double punch of antioxidants from the sweet potatoes and pecan topping.
  • Sweet Potato and Butternut Gratin
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Tiffany Vickers

    Sweet Potato and Butternut Gratin

    Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are low-calorie, high-fiber vegetables that are good sources of vitamin C and beta carotene. Reap the health benefits while feasting on this creamy layered side dish studded with pancetta and fresh thyme.
  • Mashed Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Mashed Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

    Honey adds a subtle, natural sweetness to this crowd-pleasing side. The recipe makes 12 servings but can easily be halved to feed a smaller crowd.
  • Sweet Potato-Streusel Quick Bread
    By: Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., Photo: Karry Hosford

    Sweet Potato-Streusel Quick Bread

    Keep this pecan-topped bread on hand for a healthy breakfast or snack. Whole wheat flour, sweet potato, pecans, and orange juice all contribute vital nutrients, making this a heart-healthy treat.

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