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Superfood of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

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Nov. 1 2023

Rich in essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes offer abundant health benefits that go far beyond their delicious taste. 


Rich in Beta-Carotene: The orange hue comes from beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A, which is essential for good vision and a strong immune system.

High in Fiber: The high fiber content in sweet potatoes helps promote a healthy digestive system and regulates bowel movements.

Blood Sugar Regulation: The fiber and complex carbs in sweet potatoes can help regulate blood sugar levels, making them a good option for diabetics.

Loaded with Vitamins: Sweet potatoes are a great source of several essential vitamins such as B6, C and E, which benefit brain health, immune function and skin health, respectively.

Rich in Minerals: Sweet potatoes are high in essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which support heart health, muscle function and bone strength.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: The antioxidants in sweet potatoes, including beta-carotene and vitamin C, have anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce inflammation in the body.

Supports Weight Management: The high fiber content can make you feel fuller longer.

Boosts Brain Function: The antioxidants in sweet potatoes can help protect the brain from free radical damage, potentially reducing the risks of degenerative diseases such as dementia.

Promotes Gut Health: The fiber in sweet potatoes serves as a prebiotic, supporting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which is crucial for digestive health.

Versatility in Cooking: Aside from health benefits, sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in the kitchen, from main dishes to desserts, making them an easy addition to various meals.

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Tacos

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Shredded Turkey

6 corn tortillas
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1 c salsa 
Juice of 1 lime
Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped for garnish
2 c shredded turkey, pre-cooked
Cooking spray or a drizzle of oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F.
Step 2: Toss cubed sweet potatoes in a light coating of cooking spray or a drizzle of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they’re tender and slightly crispy on the edges.
Step 3: While the sweet potatoes roast, heat the shredded turkey in a skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of turkey broth or water to keep it moist, if needed.
Step 4: In a separate pan, warm black beans over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 5: Heat corn tortillas in a skillet or directly over the stove flame until they’re warm and slightly crispy. Layer each tortilla with roasted sweet potatoes, black beans and shredded turkey.
Step 6: Top with slices of avocado, salsa, lime juice and chopped cilantro.

Per serving (2): Calories: 420; protein: 10g; carbs: 70g; fats: 10g; fiber: 15g
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