If you are reading this article, chances are you are already a fan of sweet potatoes. I somehow always catch myself in a conversation praising the deliciousness and the assortment of ways you can use sweet potatoes. Anyone else? No? Ok. Now I promise these sweet potato recipes are going to get you on the “Sweet Potatoes are Life” wagon. You wait. (haha) The sweet potato recipes below cover a variety of dishes. From the classic french fry to dessert, and even some good hearty chili.
Sweet Potato Nutrition
Sweet Potatoes, raw- 100 grams
|Total Fat||0.1 g|
|Trans Fat||0 g|
|Total Carbs||20.3 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|
|Vitamin A||283.5 %|
|Vitamin C||3.8 %|
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sweet Potato Benefits
1. Sweet Potatoes Can Help Manage Depression
- Sweet potatoes contain 25 mg of magnesium (per 100-gram serving).
- A 2008 study on 5708 adults with depression found that those with a lower magnesium intake reported higher levels of depression and anxiety than those with a higher magnesium intake. (1)
2. It Can Help you Manage your Weight
- Sweet potatoes are high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is formed into a gel-like substance when mixed with water. This gel-like substance, in turn, slows digestion, making you feel full for longer.
- One of the soluble fibers found in sweet potatoes is pectin. Studies have shown that pectin reduces food intake, reduces weight gain, and helps curb hunger. (1)
- *** Remember that you have to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. No amount of fiber will help you lose weight if you eat more calories than you burn.
3. Sweet potatoes are Anti-inflammatory
- Studies have found that the compounds of choline in sweet potatoes have been shown to prevent and reduce chronic inflammation in the body. (1)
4. Sweet Potatoes Can Help Improve Hair, Skin and Reduce the Appearance of Aging
- Sweet potatoes have high levels of Vitamin A, C, and E, which have been found to reduce cellular aging, reducing acne, preventing alopecia, healing wounds, and protection against skin cancer. (1) (2) (3) (4)(5)
- Beta-Carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage, prevents the appearance of aging as well as acts as a natural exfoliant for your skin. (1)
Sweet potato recipes
Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Dip
OK so. Sweetpotato fries or french fries? This is a serious debate in our household. I, Delwin, prefer the sweet potato fries. Melissa prefers classic french fries. Who is right, and who is wrong? *Cough I’m right cough*. Courtesy of delscookingtwist.com, this is one of the best sweet potato fries recipe we have found on the web, and we haven’t even mentioned the avocado dip. Full of healthy fats and straight-up yumminess. Try these fries. They are delicious. Just remember that you never put ketchup on sweet potato fries. Click here for this recipe.
Mashed Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
My (Delwin) new favorite breakfast!!
Macros: 224 calories, 11 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbs, 8 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. Click here for the recipe.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls
For those who struggle to get enough protein in their diet due to their meatless lifestyle, we haven’t forgotten about you. With black beans and quinoa, you get plenty of excellent booty-building protein. Danae from reciperunner.com even makes a cilantro cream drizzle made with fat-free yogurt. Click here for this recipe.
Sweet Potato Muffins
What better way to start your day than with some sweet potato muffins? These muffins are 100% vegan and easy to make.
Macros: 126 calories, 3 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein per muffin.
Browned Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Oat-Pecan Granola
Diet apocalypse, aka the holiday season, is around the corner. That means that most of us will hear the ” live a little, it’s the holiday season” from our aunt, Margaret. This gives us three options. Option #1 is to eat all the food, because who are we kidding, once we go in there is no stopping. Option #2 is to risk going to jail for roundhouse kicking aunt Margaret right in the face for trying to get between you and your dream body, or you could choose option # 3, which is to make this delicious sweet potato recipe instead.
Why should you choose this recipe instead of regular mashed potatoes? Because first of all, mashed potatoes are so yesterday and because this dish is full of healthy fats and fiber. This dish will make you feel fuller faster and prevent you from choosing option #1! (or 2…we love you, aunt Margaret) Click here for this recipe.
Sweet Potato Bruschetta
If you are feeling a little Italian, but don’t want to eat pizza for the 1 millionth time, you should check out this recipe from fooduzzi.com. This sweet potato recipe is gluten-free and puts a nice spin on what you may know as bruschetta. From the apples to the cinnamon to the little hints of coconut, this sweet potato bruschetta taste delicious! All of the ingredients marry together nicely. This recipe would also be a fantastic side dish to bring to a holiday event. Click here for this recipe.
Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili
Nothing says “hearty” than a good bowl of chili. This whole 30 sweet potato chili is game-changing! It doesn’t include the classic chili ingredient of beans but still is so satisfying to the palette. Our friends at primaverakitchen.com whipped up an easy-to-follow recipe that is super thick, super satisfying, and perfectly seasoned. You can even cook this meal in a crockpot! The entire time to prepare (including prep) is less than an hour! So what are you waiting for to get dinner started?
BBQ Chicken Baked Sweet Potato
This sweet potato recipe was so damn delicious! The combination of sweet and salty filled my heart with poetry. Cathy from lemontreedwelling.com came up with this astonishing recipe, and as you can tell, she knocked it out of the park. I mean, who doesn’t love sweet potatoes? And What about that shredded BBQ chicken? You guys know, we are always down for some avocado. But, on top of all that deliciousness was, wait for it, ONION RINGS!!!! You guys need to do yourselves a favor and try this recipe right now. Click here for the recipe.
Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and White Beans
Where are my sweet potato fans? These stuffed sweet potatoes are sure to be a staple at your house. Not only are they an easy cleanup, but also filling and delicious. The macros on these puppies are pretty impressive as well. Macros: 418 calories, 16 grams of fat, 57 grams of carbs, 12 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein.
Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries
Only a true visionary would come up with this delicious idea. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain why you should try this sweet potato snack, right? Click here for the recipe.
Sweet Potato Toasts
Don’t know what to eat for breakfast? Do not fret my little grasshopper. I just made your life a lot easier. You are welcome 🙂 Click here for the recipe.
Paleo Avocado Bacon Sliders Recipe
God has blessed us, my friends!!
Macros: 384 calories, 30 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 17 grams of protein per serving. Click Here for the Recipe
Shrimp Loaded Sweet Potato
Superfoods galore! Sweet Potato, spinach, tomatoes, and delicious, and yet underrated, shrimp! Oh, and the red flakes give this meal the perfect amount of spiciness we crave and love.
Sweet Potato Paleo Waffles
These waffles are a game changer! This recipe completely changed my mornings.
*Pro Tip* Spread some delicious creamy peanut butter on these waffles. Just do it, you know you want to.
Macros: 158 calories, 2 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein per serving.
Are you convinced yet that sweet potatoes are the unappreciated heroes of the kitchen? We love them, and we are sure you are going to love these recipes too! Not only is sweet potato a great vegetable to cook with since you can come up with a variety of recipes, but it also has just as many health benefits. With all this said, we hope you enjoy these sweet potato recipes as much as your body will enjoy the many sweet potato benefits.
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