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20 Creative, Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes You Have No Reason To Resist

20 Creative, Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes You Have No Reason To Resist

We’ve all had our share of baked sweet potatoes, roasted sweet potato wedges, and you’ve probably had plenty of sweet potato fries, too. And while those are all healthy and delicious dishes to be enjoyed on the regular, why not try more creative, healthy sweet potatoes from time to time?

The sweet potato recipes below are all easy to prepare, feature healthy ingredients, and are super creative so you’ll never get bored trying to eat a healthy diet. Give one or two of them a try this week, and let your potato dishes do more for you once in awhile!

1. Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles

    YURIELKAIM

    Regular waffles are a nice treat, but for a more blood sugar-friendly option, these Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles made out of sweet potatoes. They are a much better option since they’re free of flour. This lessens the glycemic load on your blood sugar a bit, and it’s even an easier way to take in more vitamins and minerals since sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, plus they’re a great source of potassium and magnesium along with many B vitamins, too!

    2. Twice Baked Chicken Fajita Sweet Potatoes

      Cafe Delights

      You’ve had chicken burritos and even baked potatoes, but have you had them combined? No? Well, perhaps it’s time to change that with these Twice Baked Chicken Fajita Sweet Potatoes. They’re much better for you than regular oil-fried fajitas, and you’ll love how the toppings melt right into the potato. If you’re a meat-free eater, just sub in some extra black beans for the chicken!

      3. Sweet Potato Banana Bites

        The Lean Green Bean

        How cute are these? Sweet Potato Banana Bites are also easy to make and such a delight to enjoy for snacks or as a light breakfast with a cup of coffee. Regular muffins are often loaded with refined sugar, oil, and refined flour, but not these! These Sweet Potato Banana Bites are even freezer-friendly so you’ll have plenty on hand whenever you need them.

        4. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

          Primavera Kitchen

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          Skillet dishes make for wonderful, quick dinners to put together on busy nights, or even as cozy meals on weekends, too. Give this Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet recipe a whirl next time you crave comfort food but want something a little healthier for you than traditional fried skillet dishes. The lean protein from the ground turkey and the fiber from sweet potatoes will keep your blood sugar levels steady and keep hunger at bay for hours!

          5. Sweet Potato Alfredo

            Peas & Crayons

            Alfredo sauce is one of those comfort foods that is incredibly hard to replicate. The high-fat sauce is one we’ve all likely had at some point and know all too well how addicting it can be. Well now you can have your alfredo and eat it too with this healthier version, so try Sweet Potato Alfredo this week when that pasta craving hits you hard!

            6. Baked Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

              Running With Spoons

              Baked eggs make quick and easy vegetarian dinners, lunches, or of course, breakfasts. Pairing sweet potatoes with baked eggs makes your meal even more filling, and it’s an easy way to be sure you get some fiber in your meal which is important for blood sugar and digestion. Give these Baked Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes a try as a wonderful way to test this meal out for yourself!

              7. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup

                Peas & Crayons

                Slow cooker meals are one of the best tools to use to ensure you have a meal ready without putting in a great deal of meal prep time. So, next time you crave potato soup why not prepare this Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup which is incredibly nutrient-dense and even creamier thanks to the cauliflower used in the recipe.

                8. Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

                  Pinch of Yum

                  Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry is packed with ethnic flavor when you crave something different, but still easy to prepare and filling. It’s also lighter than take-out options thanks to the variety of fresh produce used. Use your favorite rice in this recipe and make it your own!

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                  9. Flourless Sweet Potato Brownies

                    The Big Man’s World

                    No flour, no oil, and no butter … does it get any healthier than that when it comes to brownies? Sweet Potato Flourless Brownies feature dense, sweet and creamy sweet potatoes, cocoa powder, and other healthy goodies. Check them out and whip up a pan today!

                    10. Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

                      Averie Cooks

                      Fritters have a special place in the hearts of those who love comfort food that’s easy to make, but most fritter recipes use white potatoes which can cause blood sugar spikes in some individuals since they’re high on the glycemic index. Why not try sweet potatoes and zucchini in your fritters next time and make this recipe for Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters? They’re a little savory, a little spicy, and a little sweet!

                      11. Sweet Potato Nacho “Cheese”

                        My Heart Beets

                        There’s no dairy-based cheese in this Sweet Potato Nacho “Cheese” recipe, but don’t let that dissuade you from making it if you love cheese. This recipe is still savory, creamy, and satisfying thanks to sweet potatoes and a special “cheesy” ingredient that’s also full of nutrients. Can you guess what it is?

                        12. Roasted Sweet Potato and Bean Quesadillas

                          The Pretty Bee

                          Quesadillas are like fun sandwiches with Mexican flair, and they’re such a nice treat to enjoy when you’re tired of your everyday eats. However, we all know they’re not so healthy for the most part since they’re high in fat and full of oil, so try out Roasted Sweet Potato and Bean Quesadillas instead which are packed with fiber, flavor, and that classic Mexican flavor we all love!

                          13. Smoky Barbecue Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers

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                            The Vegan 8

                            Chickpeas are hearty, little bombs of plant-based protein and they just so happen to make great burgers too. Even if you’re a meat eater, this Smoky Barbecue Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers will still satisfy your needs for a hearty, filling burger that’s packed with that classic barbecue flavor you crave

                            14. Baked Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Tots

                              Running With Spoons

                              You’ve likely had regular tater tots more times than you can count, right? So try making your own tater tots at home with sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. While you’re at it, try them out in new ways for dessert instead of regular pastries and pies. Baked Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Tots make for a creative, but still fairly healthy dessert compared to most sweets, and you’ll love how fun they are to serve to family and friends!

                              15. Sweet Potato Apple Pie Muffins

                                The Soulful Spoon

                                Sweet potatoes make such a great muffin ingredient, and so does applesauce since both ingredients are sweet and creamy. They also help bind recipes together, and the combination of the two helps eliminate the need for oil, sugar, and eggs in a recipe. Pair sweet potatoes and applesauce in these Sweet Potato Apple Muffins which are free of added sugars, vegan, oil-free, and even gluten-free too!

                                16. Sweet Potato Butter

                                  Happy Healthy Mama

                                  Apple butter is a fabulous treat to serve over sprouted grain toast, on oatmeal, and can even be used in any recipe in place of applesauce. But sweet potato butter? That’s so much better! This recipe for Sweet Potato Butter would be perfect anywhere you’d use regular jam or jelly, and it’s higher in fiber, Vitamin A, and potassium than other jams and spreads.

                                  17. Sweet Potato Mango Smoothie

                                    Healthy Nibbles and Bits

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                                    Mangoes and sweet potatoes have a lot in common, starting with the fact that they’re both high in vitamins A and C, plus great sources of potassium and fiber. Give them both a try in this sweet, tropical Sweet Potato Mango Smoothie for a creamy, rich treat you’d never guess was good for you!

                                    18. Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

                                      Dashing Dish

                                      Typical turkey burgers can still be high in fat and cholesterol, and most are paired with other less-than-optimal ingredients when the burgers are made. So why not make your own at home instead? These Sweet Potato Burgers are a great recipe to start with, and you’ll love how hearty and filling they are without weighing you down!

                                      19. Sweet Potato Pizza Crust

                                        Blissful Basil

                                        Pizza crust doesn’t have to be made with refined flour, oil, and lots of sodium like those made in typical pizza houses. For instance, Sweet Potato Pizza Crust is packed with nutrition and flavor due to the way sweet potatoes replace regular white flour in this recipe. Make it this week, add your favorite toppings, and give pizza crust a healthy makeover that also tastes great!

                                        20. Sweet Potato, Collards, and Black Bean Detox Soup

                                          The Soulful Spoon

                                          Detox sounds like anything but delicious, but it doesn’t have to be when you use whole food ingredients to make your meals with. Whole foods are the best foods to eat to help your body detox naturally as it intended. Here in this recipe for Sweet Potato, Collards and Black Bean Detox Soup, dense and fiber-rich sweet potatoes are used with collard greens for a nice dose of calcium, vitamin C and fiber, plus black beans are used as a plant-based source of protein and paired with wild rice for a nutty, rich flavor. Next time you crave comfort food and feel run down, whip up this soup in your slow cooker, and you’ll feel great in no time!

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                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                          2. Stress Relief

                                          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                          3. Improved Sleep

                                          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                          4. Appetite Control

                                          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                          7. Mosquito Repellant

                                          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                          8. Pain Relief

                                          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                          9. The New Anti-Viral

                                          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                          10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                          11. Money Saving

                                          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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