I have been totally digging sweet potatoes lately for a quick, easy, and nutrient dense snack. I really don't know why it has taken me so long to discover that baking potatoes is both brainless, delicious, and convenient, but I am sure glad that I have. Now about mid-day I have been choosing to eat a baked sweet potato rather than a granola bar to hold me over until dinner, and I have been feeling so much more satisfied. I do my best to eat whole foods for all of my meals and snacks, but it truly is amazing just how satisfied I have been by a simple swap in my afternoon snack choice. On another note, this is also a great pre-workout snack that provides energy without being overly filling.
Some Nutritional Facts of Sweet Potatoes:
- One Medium Sweet Potato runs about 100 calories
- One Medium Sweet Potato has about 6 grams of sugar which is a good amount per 100 calories.
- Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, have no Fat, and have 4 grams of Fiber
- One Sweet Potato has about 27 grams of carbohydrates
Baked Sweet Potato
- 1-2 sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Wash and chop sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Place in a baking dish and toss with olive oil and salt.
- Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes.
Note: Depending on the thickness of your sweet potato the time they take to cook could be less or more, just watch them and remove from oven when they are soft through the center.