This is so much better than just tossing a whole sweet potato in the oven and waiting what seems like forever for them to be done. I don’t know why I never thought of doing it like this before. I love sweet potatoes, but don’t make them a lot, mostly just Thanksgiving, because they take so long to cook. Sweet potato casserole is must at our house for Thanksgiving, but these are so good for you I’d like to serve them more often. Now with this easy no fuss method, we’ll definitely be putting sweet potatoes into our meal plan more often.
The health benefits of this underappreciated tuber are more than just the beta-carotene we know about. That only begins to tell the story of how healthy they are for you. Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients.
I like doing a little research when I do a blog post to learn more about food and nutrition. I found it on a site call The Worlds Healthiest Foods. This site tells the history of the sweet potato and the difference between a sweet potato and a yam (they come from different parts of the world). I always thought they were the same thing and people just called them different names, but nope yams can grow much larger.
Multiple studies have shown better absorption of the beta-carotene from sweet potatoes when fat-containing foods are consumed along with the sweet potatoes. (It doesn’t take much fat for this better absorption to take place—only 3-5 grams.) Well they do say you should learn something new everyday!
As far as ideas on what to serve along with these baked sweet potato halves, we had my Italian meatloaf. And now that I think about it this Cajun marinated BBQ chicken would probably go well with these too.
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