The difference between sweet potatoes and regular potatoes is their color and texture. Sweet potatoes are orange and purple. They have the texture and taste like pumpkin or squash, but better! Sweet potatoes and regular potatoes have about the same amount of carbs(1/2 cup = 15g carbs). Sweet potatoes have more fiber and are slightly higher on the glycemic index than regular potatoes.
Eating regular potatoes are good too. They provide essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and potassium. Both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes are starchy complex carbohydrates that will give you prolonged energy throughout the day.
How to Cook a Sweet Potato
There are many different ways to cook sweet potatoes. You can cook sweet potatoes the same way you would a regular potato, it really comes down to what your preference is.
- Bake-Wrap in foil, put them on a tray, and in the oven at 350 until soft about 35-45 min.
- Roast-In a pan or tray.
- Boil-Peel, cube, and boil until fork tender.
- Grill-Wrap in foil and cook on indirect heat for 45 min.
- Fry-Use an Air Fryer for delicious and healthy sweet potato fries.
The best way to cook sweet potatoes depends on how fancy you want to be. You can make sweet potatoes a part of any meal from breakfast to dinner. You can use sweet potatoes as a side to a meal or an ingredient to make a healthier version of one of your favorite deserts. Cooking sweet potatoes is simple and a healthy choice for the kids too.
Healthiest Way to Cook Sweet Potatoes
The healthiest way to cook sweet potatoes is when you’re not using a ton of oil, butter, and sugar to prepare and cook. You can make healthy sweet potatoes with any meal.
Sweet potatoes are great in:
- Roasted Vegetable Medley
Sweet potatoes are great anyway you cook them and can be incorporated into many meal ideas. Next time you’re thinking of grilling try wrapping up some sweet potatoes in foil and put them on. You can boil them and make some mashed sweet potatoes, try making sweet potato fries in the oven or even better, try an Air Fryer.
Sweet potatoes can be cooked with the skin on or peeled it is completely up to you, however when cooking sweet potatoes whole the skin does help hold the sweet potato together when it gets tender. If you don’t want the skin on, peel, cube, and put in a non-stick pan with some cooking spray or just wrap them in foil to cook them. Sweet potatoes get a lot softer than a regular potato and have a very smooth and mildly sweet taste that goes great with just about anything.
Easiest Ways to Cook Sweet Potato
To keep the cooking process simple is the easiest way to cook anything. The great thing about cooking sweet potatoes is that it does not take much effort and it’s really hard to mess them up. There are many easy ways to cook sweet potatoes while still making it interesting.
Some easy and delicious ideas that will complement any meal are:
In my opinion, the easiest way to cook sweet potatoes is to cook them whole, wrapped in foil, baked, roasted, or grilled. You don’t need to add anything to them to cook, no butter, no oil, not even salt. They taste naturally delicious!
Health Benefits for Sweet Potato
Sweet Potatoes have many important nutrients. They contain fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, and many other vitamins and minerals.
Some other sweet potato health benefits are:
- Boosts Immune function
- Aids in Vision Health
- Enhances Brain Function
- Great Antioxidant
Sweet potatoes may be considered a superfood because they are one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber; that slows down absorption of sugar to help prevent spikes and crashes in the blood sugar levels. People with diabetes can benefit from eating sweet potatoes because it has a low glycemic index and has less of an effect on the blood glucose levels.
Make Healthy Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are great for people that are dieting because of the low amount of calories per serving and they have high dietary fiber that keeps you feeling fuller longer. This helps with preventing overeating, reducing the chances of weight gain.
Now you can make sweet potatoes a part of your diet and reap all the health benefits they provide. Sweet potatoes are an amazing and unique vegetable that can be cooked a variety of ways from baked, grilled, roasted, boiled, and even desserts like pies, cookies, pancakes, waffles, and bread. If you want to know how to start incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet check out my healthy meal prepping recipes.
Make sweet potatoes a part of your diet and you will understand what all the hype is about! You can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes because they are healthy, taste great, and are versatile.
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