Sweet Benefits from Sweet Potatoes


Like most information in my life, I base it around what Dr. Oz says.  Yes, this great and all mighty Oz had me sold on the health benefits of sweet potatoes long, long ago and to this day I carry this valuable information with me and share it with as many moms as I can.

Did you know that if you eat just ONE sweet potato a day for the rest of your life, you will not only add YEARS to your life, but you will reduce your risk of  lung & skin cancer by 40%.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Beautiful bright orange sweet potatoes are packed with the almighty antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A or retinol… which we pay oh so much for in all of our face creams… HELLO! Practically for pennies you can get your skin glowing with sweet potatoes.  Considering our skin covers 16 square feet of our bodies… I’d say that’s pretty sweet coverage for some substantial footage!

Watching the waistline?  Sweet potatoes are perfect for us mama’s trying to shed an lb or two and still are looking for a healthy carb!  They low in calories and high in fiber and they are also packed with Vitamins B6, C & E.

Need an immunity boost or want to avoid the flu? ONE cup of sweet potatoes can increase T Cell activity in the body.  What are T cells you ask?  T cells are known as the “helper” cells a.k.a. “white blood cells” that fight infection.  Well, sweet potatoes got lots of ’em!!

I happen to LOVE sweet potatoes and almost can go Forrest Gump on you with how many different ways I can eat them… in a pie, as chips, as french fries, in a salad, in a soup,  or my new fave… Sweet Potato Hummus.

Let me just add… as if this sweet little potato weren’t sweet enough, it’s great for your eyes and cardiovascular system.  Good stuff.

Sweet Potato Hummus

2 or 3 Sweet Potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1 Can Drained Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
Juice from 1 Lemon
1/2 Cup Tahini *Sesame Paste (can be found in most supermarkets or middle eastern stores) 
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Cumin
1/2 Tbs. Cayenne Pepper
1 Garlic Clove Mashed or Minced
Salt & Pepper 

In a medium sized pot add 1 cup of water and add the sweet potatoes & chickpeas, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 8-10 minutes. Cover.  Allow both to cool a little bit before transferring it a blender or food processor.  Do not add all of the liquid inside.  (reserve it, you might want to add it to the mixture later on)

Add remaining ingredients into the blender. Pulse a few times until it becomes a grainy consistency.  If you like more tang… add more lemon… more zest… more cayenne or garlic.

Slice up some cucumber or even eat with pita chips.

SWEET…. Potatoes.

 

 

Sweet Potato Hummus

Author: Michelle Karam
Sweet Potato Hummus
Ingredients
  • 2 or 3 Sweet Potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Can Drained Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Tahini *Sesame Paste (can be found in most supermarkets or middle eastern stores)
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs. Cumin
  • 1/2 Tbs. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Garlic Clove Mashed or Minced
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pot add 1 cup of water and add the sweet potatoes & chickpeas, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 8-10 minutes. Cover.  Allow both to cool a little bit before transferring it a blender or food processor.  Do not add all of the liquid inside.  (reserve it, you might want to add it to the mixture later on)
  2. Add remaining ingredients into the blender. Pulse a few times until it becomes a grainy consistency.  If you like more tang… add more lemon… more zest… more cayenne or garlic.
  3. Slice up some cucumber or even eat with pita chips.
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