Last Thanksgiving, we made a command decision: Sweet potatoes would no longer be relegated to gluttonous holiday meals. And why should they be? These starchy, orange-fleshed root veggies are a triple threat: cheap to buy, easy to prepare and bursting with nutritional benefits. Oh yeah, and did we mention they’re absolutely delicious?
Sweet potatoes are believed to have originated in Central and South America as early as 750 B.C., and have been farmed as a domesticated crop for thousands of years. Once associated almost exclusively with Thanksgiving dinner, sweet potatoes have come into their own at home and in restaurants across the country.
Available year-round, these nutritional powerhouses are overwhelmingly good for you. They’re loaded with vitamins A and C, and also pack a punch when it comes to potassium, fiber and several B vitamins. In addition, sweet potatoes contain a number of antioxidants, including a high concentration of beta-carotene. Collectively, these nutrients boost immunity, serve as anti-inflammatories, reduce risk of digestive problems and help regulate blood sugar, among other benefits.
Need we say more?
Next time you need a healthy snack or side dish, bake a sweet potato — it’s as simple as 1-2-3: