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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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                                          Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                          Boundaries are limits

                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                          • How much space do you need?

                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                          Sample language:

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                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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