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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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                                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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