Greetings from a warm and sunny day in San Francisco.
Although the temperatures will be back in the 60s this weekend, we’re enjoying a couple of hot days. In fact, I even walked to the gym without a jacket.
As I was walking home today, I started thinking about a discussion I had earlier this week with a trainer certified in nutrition, around diet, food and healthy eating. That person shared the following thought, which really resonated with me:
“You want to have a lot of different natural colors on your plate at every meal.”
Picture a plate of mixed veggies, fruit, grains and protein. The more variety in hue, the better, because that most likely means more nutrients.
I try to do that. But I’m partial to a couple of colors, especially the orange of a sweet potato.
I just can’t get enough.
What I love about sweet potatoes is not only the taste and health benefits, but I also love that they’re easy to prepare and are very versatile. You can use a sweet potato as a side or use it as a carrier for a main meal. (They can come in purple too, but orange is definitely my favorite.)
Ways to eat sweet potatoes
I have a few go-to ways that I like to enjoy my sweet potatoes, including the following:
- Baked with nothing on it at all.
- Baked and topped with almond butter.
- Baked and topped with plain Greek yogurt.
- Baked with an egg-over-easy in the middle.
- Baked and topped with some chopped almonds and cinnamon.
- Chopped up, roasted and drizzled with olive oil.
- Mashed up in a sensational sweet potato smoothie.
I’ve only scratched the surface with all the variations, and I’m always looking for more. Here are a few interesting ways I plan to try soon, put together by some fellow healthy-living bloggers:
- Sweet potato nachos via Nut Butter Runner.
- Mexican stuffed sweet potato via The Fitnessista.
- Sweet potato meatloaf via Peanut Butter Fingers.
As you can see, the options are endless. And you can always feel good about eating orange, because sweet potatoes are chock full of vitamins, beta carotene and other good stuff.
Questions of the day
Are you a sweet potato fan? If so, how do you eat your sweet potatoes?
What’s one of your favorite foods that you can never get enough of?