Why Sweet Potatoes Are Amazeballs

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I recently had mashed sweet potatoes. Well, let’s backtrack just a tad. It’s not the first time I’ve had it, but it was a first time in a long while I realized just how freakin’ amazing they were.

Despite my newfound sent home to glory moment in the kitchen, I had to wonder why sweet potatoes and its various forms (my favorite being the sweet potato pie) was so good for you.

And it turns out there are a ton of reasons.

I’ll list a few but I do encourage you to click the link above. Let’s gooooooooooo!

  • They’re good for your hair and skin, yo.

They’re chalkfull of Vitamins A, C, E, which help nourish your hair and skin from the inside out. They also promote hair growth. So put down the potions and toupees, and pick up some sweet potatoes.

  •  They’re good for digestion.

If you need help going potty (sorry, I’m stuck on Mommy mode), you don’t need to take a laxative. Just eat a sweet potato. It has so much fiber, your stomach might start doing backflips because it’s being taken care of. That also leads to my next point:

  • They’re good for weight loss.

Because let’s face it: with all of that newfound fiber you’re consuming, you’re probably going to be going a whole lot more.

  • They’re good for fertility.

I’m not currently pregnant but I do plan to start trying again very soon (and I’ll only announce when I’m pregnant). Sweet potatoes have a healthy dose of iron, which is essential getting pregnant. Like I mentioned earlier, they’re also full of vitamin A, which is also super important in getting knocked up, y’all!

  • They’re super good for reducing stress, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

So, check it: if you eat a sweet potato, it has so much magnesium in it, you’re whole body will be at ease (and I imagine with all of those trips to the bathroom, that’s a part of it, lmaoooo). But eating sweet potatoes help alleviate depression and make you happier.

So, go ahead! Try a sweet potato. I even have a recipe you can try that I just used yesterday!

 

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Vegetarian side dish: Broccoli Tots

Sometimes, you’re just tired of eating potatoes as a side dish. And maybe you’re a bit over eating roasted or veggies. And you can only steam for so long before you turn into a personal sauna.

I’ve wanted to make something different for a while but you know, lazy. I finally decided, okay, I’m going to make this and hopefully it won’t suck.

Enter broccoli tots.

Now, as a warning, I do post a lot of vegan food and recipes on here, however, this version of broccoli tots I’ve used is NOT vegan. It IS vegetarian. For the vegan version of broccoli tots that I found, click here. (Note: I haven’t tried that one so I can’t say yay or nay to it.)

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These came out hella good. I actually the majority of them. Bear wasn’t interested, though I believe this recipe is kid-friendly (Bear’s in that stage where if he’s not around his friends to eat it, he just won’t and le sigh…). Hubby loves these as well so I can definitely say they’re a hit in this household.

So, try them! Tell me what you think?

Vegan Side Dish – Sautéed Red Chard

Sometimes, it’s hard to eat your veggies when you simply don’t have time to prepare them. While I have been at fault for buying ready-made veggie sides (and really, there’s nothing wrong with that because you’re still getting your vegetables), I really prefer to use fresh whenever I can.

We were introduced to red chard many years ago when our then-next door neighbor had leftovers of a food delivery service and all of this red chard. We never heard of red chard up until then. We were curious and since I was still relatively new at cooking, I had no idea what to do with it.

I personally love this red chard recipe, but there’s always a new way to cook anything! And sometimes, you don’t have everything on hand and you just want something quick and easy.

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How beautiful are those babies? I just love how vibrant the colors are. Always eat your colors! The more colors, the better!

Red chard is a part of the beet family, which is why it looks so similar to beets. But it’s not just a pretty face; it also has a chalkful of healthy stuff that will make your tum-tum very happy.

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I chopped off the yucky parts of the stem but I always eat the red chard with the stems included. I like that it gives the chard an extra crunch.

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I only added olive oil, sesame oil (I wanted a bit of a nuttier flavor), salt and pepper. Sautéed it for about 10 minutes and serve!

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Not the most beautiful part of my dish but it doesn’t matter because it was freaking fabulous!

How do you like your red chard?