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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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                                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                          15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and black tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here:

                                          11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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