It’s hard to believe that a decade ago a sweet potato wasn’t the easiest find and certainly they weren’t the staple they are now in most of our shopping baskets either. But many of us are embracing them, something our skin is thankful for as they are packed with vitamin A which is also great for hair and nails as well as immune function. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants which help prevent inflammation in the body and can damage DNA, also accelerating ageing.
If you are bored of eating them roasted, mashed and as wedges then there are plenty of more quirky ways to enjoy sweet potatoes. Have you tried any of these?
This is a fab way of eating ‘toast’ without the bread and with all the health benefits sweet potatoes contain. You can top them with sweet or savoury toppings as their natural sweetness works with both. Combine the sweet potato base with high protein, healthy fat and more veg toppings and you are onto a winning breakfast or quick meal.
Simply wash a sweet potato and cut into 1.5cm-2cm lengths. Pop into the toaster on high for a couple of ‘pops’ until the potatoes are lightly coloured on the outside and soft inside.
The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes means you don’t need to add too much extra sugar to your pancakes when you serve them – or you can have them with savoury toppings too. These pancakes are beautifully fluffy and moist and also suitable for Paleo and gluten-free diets too.
Sweet potato not only gives a natural sweetness to dishes but it also adds a creaminess too. You can make this with orange or purple sweet potatoes with the colour giving a beautiful pastel tone to the ice cream.