• Sweet Potato

    Posted on July 5, 2012 by Elaine in 5 minute meal, Budget Conscious, Calorie Counter.

    Ever have a craving for sweets?  Most of us do from time to time.  When I crave sweets, I want a donut.

    Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.

    Krispy Kreme glazed donuts

    Probably one of the most terrible things to eat when craving sweets.  It is like eating a bowl of sugar.   One donut has anywhere from 300 to 600 calories and no nutrients whatsoever… and I’m usually finished with one in less than 10 seconds!  It’s hard to have just ONE. That’s what artificial, processed sugar will do to you – make your taste buds go crazy and create an unhealthy addiction.

    What do you reach for when you are craving sweets?

    One thing that I’m learning in my nutrition school is to dissect and understand cravings.  Why do we have cravings?    Cravings are usually a tell-tale sign for what our body is lacking in other aspects of our life.  Maybe something is missing in your relationships?  Maybe you are unhappy and unsatisfied with your career?  Maybe your diet has too much salt and so your body is craving a balance and wants something sweet?

    Whatever the reason, it is usually a sign of an imbalance in your body.  Part of my job as a health coach is to help clients uncover what that imbalance is.   And another part of my job is to help clients choose healthier alternatives when cravings do appear.

    If you are craving sweets, one great solution is to eat more sweet vegetables.  Some examples include corn, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, podded peas, rutabagas, winter squash, and beets.  See my post on beets here :) .

    One very obvious sweet vegetable is the sweet potato.  It is a great substitute for most of your starch and/or sugar cravings.  Instead of having a baked potato, eat a baked “sweet” potato.  Instead of having french fries, go for sweet potato fries.  Here, from one sweet potato, I was able to make a handful of sweet potato fries seasoned with Himalayan sea salt and ground black pepper.

    baked sweet potato wedges

    Super simple to make in 15 minutes.  Cut off the ends and cut the sweet potato into wedges.  I like to keep the skin on for fiber and for the texture.  Drizzle with a little olive oil (not too much or they will be soggy).  Then bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.  You can also deep fry them but a healthier option is to bake them.

    uncooked sweet potato wedges

    Sweet potatoes will not only allay your sweet craving, but they are also healthy!  As with any vegetable orange in color, it is high in beta carotene and vitamin A.  Also high in fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants, sweet potatoes are a great addition to your diet.  And for those of you counting calories, one sweet potato like this one is only 100 calories!  And for those of you who are budget conscious, one sweet potato like this one is only 50 cents!  Having a sweet craving isn’t bad at all… just make sure to satisfy that craving with something good for you!

     

     

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