Easy Sweet Potato rounds
Sweet potatoes have become one of my favorite meals a after making this easy sweet potato rounds recipe. If you’ve been looking for a new way to bake a sweet potato then look no further. I found these delicious and they serve as a nice side dish to almost any savory meal. These sweet potatoes are a fun alternative to potatoes. I like making sweet potatoes into fries or chips to make them a hit at the dinner table. Did you know that some of the health benefits of sweet potatoes come from the beta carotene, vitamin C and potassium they contain? I found it interesting that They are not necessarily healthier than a white potato and that they are similar in nutrients. However I find them more filling and tend to eat less of them in a serving.
Easy Sweet Potato Rounds
- cookie sheets
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and sliced
- ¼ Olive oil
- Peel and then slice the sweet potato into ¼ inch wide rounds. Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl, drizzle with the olive oil and stir to coat. Spread the sweet potato rounds onto parchment lined cookie sheets and drizzle with the remaining olive oil from the bowl. Season evenly with the parsley, salt, pepper and paprika.
- Bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes about 3-4 servings. They are filling so you don't need as many as you would with red potatoes.
If one thing ups the joy levels of certain foods for me, it is their vibrant colors. A colorful plate full of food is always a delight and sweet potatoes provide both color and taste to my family’s diet. I know how hard it can be to find food that every one in your family likes. This dairy free sweet potato recipe went over well with my husband, and my stepson even ate them without complaint. I was able to add one more recipe to my repertoire, of family appropriate healthy dinner recipes!
Sweet Potato Health Benefits
I always love food with health benefits and sweet potatoes are high in fiber and contain some great nutrients! In my reading I discovered that they have high levels of beta carotene. Which our bodies can convert into vitamin A. It takes about 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of sweet potato to reach the recommended daily limit of vitamin A. It’s neat to me that they also contain vitamin C. Which, I’m sure you know, is great for colds and also improves the health of your skin.
Vitamin E & B6
Sweet potatoes contain vitamin E which is also a great proponent of skin health and can help protect your body from oxidative damage. I discovered that they contain manganese which is important for growth, development, and metabolism. One more thing I learned is that they are high in vitamin B6, which is used in the conversion of food into energy. Potassium is also present and helps to control blood pressure.
Sweet Potatoes & White Potatoes
Did you know that while sweet potatoes have been a widely touted health food, they contain similar amounts of water, carbs, fat, and protein to what is found in white potatoes? They do contain more phytochemicals (beta-carotene and anthocyanin) and are generally eaten in smaller quantities. Which, I’m guessing, is probably one reason why they are considered healthier by many people. I read that phytochemicals are thought to increase ones health and reduce the likelihood of disease. I was glad to learn that white potatoes have more potassium while sweet potatoes possess more vitamin A.
Potassium & Beta-Carotene
I love my white potatoes. It was relieving to me that they possess more of certain nutrients than sweet potatoes. For the sake of the potassium, I will continue to eat white potatoes as I have always done. In large, unashamed quantities… And I will add more sweet potatoes to my diet. So I can reap the benefits of beta carotene in my life.
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