The holiday season is fast approaching, yes, this years diet takes a back seat to festivities. It is a time of traditions, celebrating with wonderful friends, close family and of course great food. So why not create some new healthy traditions with some delicious sweet potato recipes.
Everyone says they will get back on the wagon in the New Year, detox their bodies but let’s be honest, January comes – a week of salads and we are back on the roller coaster again.
My solution includes a few menu additions during the “season” – you can indulge a little and not worry so much about “the January Diet”.
My new go to food is the sweet potato, it is not a new addition to the foodie circle, there have been sweet potato fries forever.
What I am talking about are the actual benefits of this wonderful vegetable. Incorporating a little bit in everyday foods or your seasonal favorites can add a vitamin packed powerhouse that tastes great, it has versatility and you can make it sweet or savory.
Not to mention an abundance of Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium and Manganese.
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I have a few of my go to holiday dishes that I have incorporated my new beloved sweet potato into. Give them a try to see if you can make a few changes to your regular holiday indulgences.
Oh it’s also great for your skin as well!
So without further ado here are five 5 sweet potato recipes so you can indulge and not bulge.
Let’s start with dessert first, why not….
These sugar cookies remind me of Christmas in every way, all of us sitting around the big table, mixing batch upon batch of cookies, then decorating them with colored sugars, squishing with a glass while laughing, joking and prodding each other for the bigger, better story of Christmas.
Still to this day when I taste them, they are perfect, not too sweet, not too crumbly but just right. With each heavenly bite, the memory of those times comes flooding back.
My added powerhouse sweet potato replaces some butter for mashed sweet potato. Fiber, less fat and vitamins, I will take two.
This recipe yields about 5 dozen cookies.
*You can use canned sweet potato if you must, just make sure it doesn’t have any added ingredients.
Well I always follow dessert with breakfast. This next recipe can be made ahead and frozen then popped into the oven or a toaster to reheat as needed.
Great for the holidays and large groups of people and that secret ingredient is in there again. One of my favourite sweet potato recipes…
Yields 5 (depends on iron)
A topping of your choice, for example honey or banana or other fruits.
Soften 8 ounces of butter, stir in 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and ¼ cup brown sugar.
Stir all ingredients together.
Roll into log using wax paper to roll like a Christmas cracker.
Place in fridge to chill ahead of time.
Pull out of fridge ½ hour before waffle service time and slice into discs. Your choice of width serve with Sweet Potato Waffle.
Alright let’s get on to some entertaining, you will find some great ideas to use this Sweet Potato Hummus for. It always is the empty bowl at my house…
Now just one final mashed sweet potato use. Your face will thank you.
The vitamins and nutrients that are good on the inside also work on the outside. Regular use helps with blemishes, under eye bags, helps stimulate collagen the list is long and I could go on.
I will leave it to you to discover the possibilities.
Take a ½ cup sweet potato, mix it with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of honey or yogurt and mix it together to form a paste.
Using gentle circular motions and massage it in.
You can leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes like a face mask then rinse it off with lukewarm water or just rinse and moisturize with your favorite cream or oil.
If you try this face scrub recipe and enjoy making it, you might also like to read our article ’11 easy to make DIY Beauty Products’ for lots more ideas for homemade diy natural beauty recipes.
I am sure you can think of a million other ways to incorporate this orange miracle vegetable.
Now go start some new traditions!
What delicious dishes do you cook using Sweet Potato? Do you have any fave sweet potato recipes?
Did you try any of the above, how were they?
Please let us know any comments or feedback below….
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