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Monday, December 10, 2012

Purple Sweet Potatoes/Yam?



You may just walk right by these sweet potatoes in the store if you happen to see them, but you'd be missing out on a tasty nutritional powerhouse!!  I was first introduced to these amazing purple sweet potatoes about two years ago and have been addicted ever since!  They are also known by Okinawan Sweet Potato, Hawaiian Sweet Potato & a new one I just learned about called Stokes Purple® sweet potato (US grower).  They can be hard to find, but you can almost always find them at your local Asian & Korean Markets, and ALWAYS cheaper than some of the chain gourmet grocery stores.

Not only do they look amazing to the eye, but the taste is beyond expectation when compared to your standard sweet potato.  In addition to their incredible taste, they have possible cancer fighting nutrients and actually has more than 150% more antioxidants then blueberries!  Like other sweet potatoes they are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron; and known to improve blood sugar regulation and some studies have discovered significant antibacterial and antifungal properties.  

Tips:

  • Best way to prepare them? Baked at 400 degrees for about an hour, just like a regular sweet potato.    
  • They spoil quickly!  Store them in a dark, cool place (not in an plastic bags, as they will mold within a day--trust me, it happened to me the first time I bought them!) Since they are hard to find where I'm living now, I'll buy a large amount, bake them, let them cool & freeze them.  They thaw and reheat well!  
  • Makes an amazing post workout carb!  My personal favorite!!  
  • Nutritional Info:  Average size yields about 1 cup has only 140 calories with 4 grams of fiber and nearly 5 grams of protein!   


LOOK AT THAT COLOR!!!  A look inside after baking!  


Purple Sweet Potato Means Increased Amount Of Anti-Cancer Components
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090629132250.htm

Stokes Purple® Sweet Potato: Resource, Recipes and more!
http://www.stokesfoods.com/index.htm

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