Contributed by: Carol Kline
Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet AND they help improve regulation of blood sugar. If you’re trying to cut down on sugar, the sweetness of a sweet potato may fool you into believing it’s bad for your pancreas; however, sweet potatoes can help improve blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, despite their seemingly high Glycemic Index (GI).
Sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory benefits. Anthocyanin (what makes a sweet potato orange) is full of anti-inflammatory health benefits which can positively impact the brain and nerve tissue throughout the body. Sweet potatoes are FULL of vitamins such as A, C, B6, B1, B2, and B3! They also contain minerals such as manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber; all of which work together to keep your circulatory and digestive systems healthy.
Here’s a great recipe!
5 Ingredient Anti-Inflammatory Sweet Potato Brownies
• 1 cup mashed sweet potato
• ½ cup smooth nut butter of choice (I recommend almond or cashew butter)
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• Handful of carob chips (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a small cake/loaf pan
2. On the stove, melt nut butter with maple syrup
3. In a large bowl add the mashed sweet potato, melted nut butter and maple syrup, and cocoa powder and mix well
4. Fold in chocolate chips
5. Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing and refrigerating
These brownies are best when cooled completely. Store in fridge or freezer. YUM!