I want you to know some tricks for getting the most nutrition out of your sweet potatoes. First, let me say that sweet potatoes and garnet yams are vitamin A powerhouses, providing over 2x the daily recommended index for vitamin A (based on a 1-cup serving).
However, you will have to unlock that vitamin A so the body can absorb and utilize it.
First, you might wonder why you need that vitamin A. It is because Vitamin A supports your immune system, tamps down inflammation (it is an antioxidant), supports vision and promotes normal cell development.
So, here are the steps to unlock that vitamin A from your orange roots.
The first step is to cook them. While some foods shine when they’re raw, sweet potatoes and other orange roots (like carrots) are more bioavailable when cooked. Thank goodness for fire!
The second step is to pair them with a healthy fat. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and needs a healthy fat to partner with it. When you add a healthy fat like grass-fed butter, ghee, olive oil or coconut oil, you amplify the nutrients.
The third step is to add a spice, and in this case, I will add cinnamon, which is a wonderful way to help stabilize blood sugar.
- Organic Sweet Potatoes or Garnet Yams, peeled and cubed into 2″ cubes
- 1 Tablespoon of Chosen Fat per Potato
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon per Potato
- Boil salted (use unrefined salt) water over high heat.
- When water comes to a boil, add sweet potatoes.
- Keep potatoes at a medium boil until they are fork tender.
- Remove them with a slotted spoon into a large bowl.
- Add butter and spice, and mash until they’re as smooth as you desire.