Roasted Sweet Potatoes are my favorite base for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love to eat them, but it’s also common for me to hear 2 things, “I’m burned out on sweet potatoes (from eating chicken, rice, sweet potatoes and broccoli non stop for 5 months…)” OR “I’m constantly looking up how to roast sweet potatoes”.
If you are either of those people, or like me, you love sweet potatoes this recipe and video is for you!
Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoy it!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 4 Sweet Potatoes (or however many you need)
- 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
Turn on the oven and heat to 425 degrees
You can peel them or leave the skin on (just make sure to wash them and scrub with water). Dice up the sweet potatoes into small pieces or larger 1/2 inch to 1 inch squares.
Coat with olive oil and spices.
Roast for about 15-20 minutes, turn half way. The sides that are on the pan should be getting crispy and brown.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Whether you make roasted sweet potatoes, boiled and mashed sweet potatoes or shredded into hash brown sweet potatoes – they’re one of the best ways to spruce up a dish.
They are packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fiber and they even contain some sources of iron and potassium. It’s the beta carotene that makes them orange. The body uses beta carotene in order to make Vitamin A, which is necessary for eye health and good vision, the immune system, healthy skin, healthy mucous membranes. In addition, Carotenoids and Vitamin A can help reduce your risk of cancer.
Potatoes and rice tend to get a bad rap when it comes to blood sugar and “high glycemic foods”. Sweet potatoes however, might be able to help with increasing insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics. That’s actually a good thing.
When the body has been exposed to much glucose from highly processed carbohydrates, refined wheat flours and sugars it starts to be “insulin resistant”. This means, when a cell sees glucose in the blood stream they don’t quickly act to bind it and bring it into the cell to use it. Instead, they let it go by and the glucose remains in the blood stream until it can be utilized. When this process goes on for too long (over months to years) that’s when we see Hba1C levels increase and diagnoses for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Sweet Potatoes are a really easy food to incorporate into your routine and they are nutrient dense, too!
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