Sweet Potatoes – The Good Kind of Sweet!

Nutritional Facts High in vitamin B6, which helps to reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including heart attacks.   Good source of vitamin C. 1 cup of sweet potatoes contains an average person’s minimum necessary daily amount of Vitamin C.   Contain Vitamin D which is both a vitamin and a hormone produced as a result of getting sunlight. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.   Contain iron which not provides our body with energy but also in red and white blood cells production, boosts our immune system and the metabolizing of protein,   Good source of magnesium, which aids in relaxing and de-stressing. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function.   Contains potassium, it helps to alleviate muscle cramps and de-stress (something like what yoga does, ommmmm)   Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.   Do you know? With a Glycemic Index of 17, just munch the whole thing down! Yes, sweet potato skin is edible and it is where much of their minerals and nutrients reside!   There are so many ways to eat sweet potatoes since they already taste so good on their own! So this is my personal favorite No-Bake Sweet Potato Bars with Raw Gingerbread Crust which is a great finger-food to satisfy both the sweet and non-sweet tooths!  (Adapted from http://sweetpotatosoul.com/2013/12/no-bake-sweet-potato-bars-with-raw.html)   The goodness of this receipe lies in the ingredients and it is really easy to prepare! For the full list of ingredients, please refer to the website!   {Om Shanti Shanti Shanti} Kin June’15 YTT (Adapted and edited from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-love-sweet-potatoes.html)