Go for Gold with Sweet Potato
Ever wondered which would win health wise if you pitted a potato with a sweet potato? Well, if you love your spuds, go for gold and grab a sweet potato.
While both potatoes pack a powerful punch in the nutrient department, the sweet potato comes out on top. It has less kilojoules, less carbs and more fibre than its cousin.
Full of nutritional benefits, the sweet potato is rich in vitamins A, B6 and C. That means it’s doing good things for your eyes, skin, immune system, metabolism and nervous system. It’s also high in dietary fibre, which your colon will thank you for.
Anything you can do with the humble spud can be done just as well with a sweet potato. It can be mashed, used in salads, cut into fries or boiled in its jacket. For the healthiest option, steam your sweet potato with the skin on to get maximum nutrition and flavour.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, try it in a salad by roasting alongside some beetroot, then adding crumbled goat’s cheese, hazelnuts and a drizzle of oil. Or as an alternative to the classic potato salad, steam the sweet potato and add cooked bacon, mix through with a little mayonnaise and some finely chopped parsley.
For a vegetarian burger option, grate one sweet potato, making sure all the excess moisture is removed. Then mix in an egg, 1/3 cup of flour, 2 cloves of garlic and a pinch of paprika. Shape the mixture into a patty shape and cook in a pan until golden brown. Place it in a hamburger bun, and top with rocket, beetroot and tomato.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that because you’re eating sweet potato, you’re eating healthy. Like any food, take a good look at how and what you’re eating it with. Remember, it’s not healthy if it’s deep fried or covered in a mountain of sour cream and cheese!
Fresh sweet potato is available from BuyFruit.com.au.