9 benefits of sweet potatoes and why you need them on your holiday table

 

Ever think to switch your traditional white mashed potatoes for sweet? Check out these 9 benefits of sweet potatoes and why you need them on your holiday table! Since we are going through the holidays and bringing side dishes to each place we visit, I thought I would share with you something everyone could enjoy and still get some health benefits from during this time of year . There are ton of amazing benefits from these golden potatoes. By the end of this post, I promise this will change the way you look at them and why you’ll be swapping out your white mashed for natures sweets and bring them to your next holiday gathering.

9 Benefits of Sweet Potatoes and Why You Need Them on your Holiday Table

9 benefits of sweet potatoes

Let’s take a look:

  1. Sweet potatoes contain copper, which aids in the production of collagen, which helps keep our skin taut and helps keep our muscles healthy.
  2. They have electrolyte potassium which our bodies use for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water balance, normal blood pressure, and regulate heartbeat. Great having for a post workout snack as well, try a sweet potatoe with almond butter!
  3. Great source of b6, which helps reduce the levels of homocysteine { which has been linked to degenerative diseases } in our bodies.
  4. They are a great source of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is not only good for keeping away colds, but it also is great for tooth and bone formation, digestion, blood cell formation, speeding up wound healing, and it helps produce collagen too. Perfect to this time of year.
  5. Great source Vitamin D. Did you know most Americans are low in this vitamin? Vitamin D is very important for the immune system, helps build healthy bones, heart, nerves, teeth, and skin, and aids the thyroid gland. Another great thing to have during the winter months.
  6. They are amazing sources of magnesium.  Magnesium is essentially a relaxation and anti-stress mineral.  But is very important for healthy arteries, blood, bones, heart, muscle, and nerve function. Did you know magenuusm is linked to helping with better sleep?
  7. Their rich orange color indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body. Great for glowing, clear skin!
  8. High in fiber, which are great at making you feel full! which can be great when you are trying to lose weight! Fiber is also very great for the digestive tract.
  9. Although they may be sweet, the natural sugars from the sweet potatoes are released slowly into our bloodstream, thus helping keep our blood sugar levels steady and not spiking them.

Convinced yet?! Plus they are so versatile!

Sweet Potato Recipes

Here’s a few of my favorite ways to bring them to the holiday table –Twice baked sweet potatoes via Food network Smashed sweet potatoes with Greek Yogurt  via Food & wine Traditional sweet potato casserole via Cooking Light Sweet potato cranberry bake via Taste of home Happy cooking!
9 Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

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