My sweet potatoes have decided to boycott marshmallows this Thanksgiving. It’s like Occupy Thanksgiving in this house! What are the sweet potatoes doing in your house? If you need a healthy sweet potato recipe full of antioxidant goodness (and without marshmallows), read on for a dish you will want to make all year round…
Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C and full of yummy healthy nutrition. Why, oh why do we need to put marshmallows on top of them? It’s like putting gummy bears on top of your salad.
That being said, this recipe is gluten free, vegan, Whole30 compliant as well as Paleo. There is a camp of Paleo enthusiasts who do not eat sweet potatoes due to the carb count, so that one is up to you.
You don’t even need to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy these. Make them for any nightly dinner side dish. I even eat them for breakfast!
Sweet potatoes in and of themselves are nutritional powerhouses, so I turned them into super heroes by adding cinnamon, turmeric and thyme!
How long you cook them is entirely up to you. If you want them a little crispier, keep them in the oven longer, and give them a toss about halfway through cooking. If you want them softer, you can lessen the time some.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, reduces heart disease, increases sensitivity to the hormone insulin, lowers blood sugar, and improves Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and protects against cancer, and fights bacterial and fungal infections.
Sweet potatoes contain twice as much fiber as other potatoes. They are heart healthy. They contain a large amount of vitamin B6 which helps to keep your arteries and blood vessels healthy. They are high in potassium and rich in beta-carotene. One medium sweet potato provides the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
Thyme is packed with vitamin C and loaded with vitamin A. It’s a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese. It’s a great liver detoxifier and immunity booster.
Turmeric is a powerhouse of nutrition. It contains compounds called curcuminoids which have medicinal properties. It increases brain health and has benefits to help prevent heart disease. It may be helpful in preventing diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, diabetes, and arthritis. It is a powerful antioxidant and strong anti-inflammatory. It actually fights inflammation at the molecular level. It is recommended to combine turmeric with black pepper, as the black pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
Somehow by the mystery of the universe, the flavors all come together in one big happy symphony. It’s like bacon wrapped dates. (or bacon wrapped anything….. mmmmmm… bacon….. oh I’m sorry, where was I?) Trust me. It works. You don’t need marshmallows to make sweet potatoes taste good.
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Love, hugs, and enjoying the antioxidant goodness.HERE. Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/035739_sweet_potatoes_beta-carotene_nutrients.html https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/sweet-potatoes/ http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/ https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/