Have a sweet craving? Instead of reaching for a sugar-laden treat, try a sweet vegetable instead. Certain vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, winter squash, and corn have a deep sweet flavor when cooked. Eating these vegetables, especially when prepared well can satisfy your cravings for sweet foods and reduce your craving for sugary, processed junk food. I SWEAR it works! It’s fall and so many of these vegetables are in season that this is a fantastic time to try this experiment. Try this recipe for roasted sweet potatoes – it’s delish!
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (I have tried to cut these into french fry strips, but I find that they cook better in chunks)
2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Put all ingredients except for the salt into a bowl. Stir to coat potatoes completely.
- Spread potatoes in a single later onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
- Enjoy. I love eating these with other roasted vegetables that are prepared the same way too, such as brussels sprouts or broccoli. YUM (and it makes dinner a breeze!)
And, just in case you need a little more “nudge” to try this yummy recipe, here’s some lesser known benefits of sweet potatoes:
- The beta-carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in your body and switches on DNA that’s in charge of producing new skin cells and shedding old ones. That means that your skin cells are turning over more quickly and keeping you looking younger!
- Anthocyanin and other color-related pigments in sweet potato provide powerful anti-imflammatory properties, which help to ward off numerous auto-immune diseases.
- The fiber content of sweet potatoes is higher than that of common potatoes. And, sweet potatoes’ high magnesium content makes them easy to digest. They are soothing for the stomach and intestines too.
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