Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes often get a bad rap because they are usually consumed as either potato chips or French fries.  However, baked potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and fiber.

Sweet potatoes are part of a modified ancestral diet as recommended by one of my health heroes, Chris Kresser.

Note: Make sure to scrub your potatoes well and buy organic when possible (potatoes are one of the dirty dozen).

Directions:

For the perfect baked potato, rinse the outside well with cold water and let it dry completely.   Puncture the potato several times, wrap it in foil, and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes until tender.  You can also place your potatoes (wrapped in foil) in your slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low*.

Here are some ideas to dress up your potato:

– 1 ½ cup steamed broccoli

– 6 oz Greek yogurt dip (1 tsp chopped garlic, fresh chives and a pinch of salt and pepper). I use this instead of sour cream; it packs on over 12 grams of protein (for 6 oz) and tastes amazing!

– 1/4 cup cheddar cheese

– 1 slice of crumbled beef bacon.  I don’t eat pork, but I do feel that one slice of beef bacon really adds a lot of flavor.  I found uncured beef bacon at Whole Foods; I was pleasantly surprised that it was lower in sodium than the turkey bacon (and frankly, it tastes so much better)!

– herbs like cilantro, rosemary, chives, or whatever flavors you love!

 

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