February: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes owe their beautiful color and disease-fighting benefits to beta-carotene, the powerful antioxidant that helps slow down the aging process and protect against chronic diseases. Beta-carotene is converted by the body to vitamin A—just one medium sweet potato provides over 400% of the daily recommended amount, in addition to fiber and potassium. Though they have more natural sugars than regular potatoes, they're richer in nutrients and can actually help regulate blood sugar.
Sweet Potato Mash
4 medium sweet potatoes
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
4 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Peel the sweet potatoes and steam for 20-30 minutes, or until they are soft. Cut into small pieces and place in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the milk, oil, honey or maple syrup, and seasonings and mash until well combined.
Sweet Potato Sandwiches
1-2 sweet potatoes
Toppings of choice, i.e. nut or seed butter, berries or sliced fruit, hummus, guacamole, veggies, or any others you'd like!
Wash and thinly slice the sweet potatoes. Place two slices in the toaster or toast in a pan, just like you would do with bread! Once lightly toasted, have fun adding any toppings you'd like. Sandwich two sweet potatoes together or enjoy an open-faced "sandwich."