Instead of candied yams that are pumped full of added sugar I love to have a whole, fresh and organic sweet potato for Thanksgiving. There are a variety of types of sweet potatoes and yams and many people can’t tell them apart. I prefer the white ones that look almost like a regular white potato, not the orange ones, which may actually be a yam.
I wash it off and put it in the oven and bake it just like a white potato for about an hour. Then I smother it in organic cultured butter and sometimes add a touch of cinnamon. Mmmm, this is so delicious. Honestly, it’s as good as pie in my eyes, and can be used as a pie replacement. You could also add nutmeg or other spices, if you prefer.
Alternatively, you can boil, steam or grill the sweet potato, for a variety of different textures and tastes. I will sometimes steam mine, instead of baking, but I prefer baking, as it retains more flavor that way.
Sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index scale than white potato, which means it won’t be as disruptive to insulin, blood sugar, hormones and neurotransmitters. That makes it a better choice for everyone in general, but especially people with candida, sugar addiction, adrenal fatigue, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, diabetes, alcoholism, heart disease or any autonomic nervous system disorder etc.
Additionally, according NutritionData.com, sweet potatoes contain a variety of nutritional benefits like vitamins, A, C, and B6, folate, choline and important minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Just one cup provides you with more than 38,000 IUs of vitamin A. They are also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins and fiber, helping to reduce inflammation and move things along more smoothly in the colon. You’ll find about 7 grams of fiber in one cup.
Be sure to eat the skin too, as many of the nutrients and fiber can be found there.
Unlike pie, cookies or other sugary desserts typically served during Thanksgiving, the humble sweet potato is so rich, fulfilling and satiating you won’t have the desire to fill up on the empty calorie and nutrient deficient desserts and you’ll be less likely to overeat.
Now, although I typically advise against having starchy foods like sweet potatoes in the diet on a regular basis, they are a great treat to reserve for special occasions like Thanksgiving that won’t destroy your health.
Bon Appetit and Happy Thanksgiving