You might not have your next holiday meal to look forward to, but sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals that make them worth adding to your all year long.
The truth is that these are not potatoes. They’re actually members of the morning glory family and have natural sweetness.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes earned the name “superfood” because of the number of nutrients they have. Studies show they may help with:
Cancer. Carotenoids in sweet potatoes might lower your risk for cancer. Purple sweet potatoes have another kind of healthful compound called anthocyanin, which may reduce your chances of getting colorectal cancer.
Diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects people worldwide. The compounds in sweet potatoes might help keep blood sugar levels normal and help reduce the risk of heart disease in people who have diabetes. When boiled, sweet potatoes are a low GI food, meaning they won’t raise your blood sugar as quickly as high GI foods.
Heart disease. Studies show that sweet potatoes can lower bad cholesterol, which may lower your odds of heart problems.
Macular degeneration. Large amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin A, which are in sweet potatoes, can lower your chances of getting this eye disease, which is the most common cause of vision loss.
Obesity. Purple sweet potatoes may help lower inflammation in your body and keep fat cells from growing, which may help you lose weight.
So, let’s get to the recipe! And don’t just make this Sweet Potato Toast for breakfast. We make the sweet potato planks and reheat them throughout the week as breakfast or a snack during the day. I’ve even brought them to a party as an appetizer and they were gobbled up! What a way to get some extra nutrients and vegetables into your day! 🙂
Sweet Potato Toast
- Air Fryer or oven
- 1 large sweet potato
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toppings of your choice
- Wash the sweet potato thoroughly, leaving the skin on.
- Slice the ends of the sweet potato off, then cut it lengthwise into ½ inch thick slices.
- Brush or spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the sweet potato slices in 1 layer on the air fryer rack (or use an Air Fryer Toasting Rack if yu have one).
- Cook in the air fryer for 6-8 minutes at 400°F. Serve with your favorite toppings.
- Nut butter with apples, bananas or strawberries - add pecans and pure maple syrup if you'd like some texture
- Plain Greek or coconut yogurt with blueberries or raspberries
- Mashed avocado with chia or hemp seeds and fresh chopped herbs
- A fried egg or scrambled eggs with fresh chopped herbs
Preheat oven to 350℉. Place a wire rack on a large rimmed baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender, but not fully cooked or soft.
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