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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!

                                          Want more creative recipes? Check out these light and easy dessert recipes that are perfect for summer!

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                                          Published on November 14, 2018

                                          Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                          Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                          With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                          For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                          In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                          Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                          Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                          It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                          For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                          Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                          Symptoms of Fatigue

                                          Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                          • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                          • mental blocks
                                          • lack of motivation
                                          • headache
                                          • dizziness
                                          • muscle weakness
                                          • slowed reflexes and responses
                                          • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                          • moodiness, such as irritability
                                          • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                          • reduced immune system function
                                          • blurry vision
                                          • short-term memory problems
                                          • poor concentration
                                          • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                          Causes of Fatigue

                                          The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                          • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                          • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                          • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                          • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                          Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                          Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                          If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                          Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                          Anemia

                                          Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                          Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                          There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                          Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                          Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                          This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                          Diabetes

                                          Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                          Sleep Apnea

                                          Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                          Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                          Thyroid disease

                                          An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                          Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                          • Lack of sleep
                                          • Too much sleep 
                                          • Alcohol and drugs 
                                          • Sleep disturbances 
                                          • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                          • Poor diet 

                                          Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                          • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                          • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                          • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                          • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                          Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                          Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                          • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                          • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                          • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                          How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                          Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                          1. Tell The Truth

                                          Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                          To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                          Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                          The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                          One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                          • How you feel
                                          • What time of day it is
                                          • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                          • How your mind and body reacts

                                          This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                          2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                          When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                          If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                          When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                          Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                          3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                          If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                          Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                          If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                          Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                          Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                          4. Express More Gratitude

                                          Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                          It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                          Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                          5. Focus On Yourself

                                          Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                          There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                          But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                          We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                          6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                          Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                          Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                          The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                          Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                          7. Take a Power Nap

                                          When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                          Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                          This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                          8. Take More Exercise

                                          The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                          Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                          The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                          You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                          9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                          To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                          Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                          My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                          10. Improve Your Diet

                                          Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                          Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                          On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                          To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                          Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                          Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                          11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                          Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                          When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                          Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                          My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                          12. Get Hydrated

                                          Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                          Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                          If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                          The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                          If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                          Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                          Reference

                                          [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                          [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                          [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                          [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                          [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                          [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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