Purple Potato Power

Purple Potato Power

I am in love with purple sweet potatoes. There is something about purple food that makes it fun, and they are oozing with even more healthiness than the already fabulous orange sweet potatoes.

In the US, purple sweet potatoes are probably either a Stokes brand, grown in California, or an Okinawan, grown in Hawaii, and sometimes referred to as Hawaiian sweet potatoes.

Stokes have a darker, purplish skin, while Okinawan have a light brown skin.

All types of sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C, and are great sources of dietary fiber and iron. They are known to help regulate blood sugar and are anti-inflammatory.

Sweet potatoes also have high levels of antioxidants, especially the Okinawan variety, which have 150 percent more antioxidants than the miraculous blueberry! Antioxidants protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The antioxidant anthocyanin is what makes the potatoes purple (same for blueberries, red grapes, and purple cabbage.)

I’ve been eating purple sweet potatoes for breakfast with different toppings mixed in. They are slightly drier than orange potatoes, so it helps to add a moist topping.

Here are a couple of easy ways to fix a baked purple sweet potato fast. These recipes work equally well with regular sweet potatoes if you can’t find purple ones.

Apple-Cinnamon Sweet Potato: Mix in 1/2 apple, diced, 1-2 Tbs chopped walnuts, sprinkle with cinnamon

Peanut Butter & Raisin Sweet Potato: Mix in 1 Tbs peanut butter and 2 Tbs raisins

Sweet and Spicy Curried Sweet Potato: Mix in 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1 Tbs shredded or flaked coconut, and 1-2 Tbs pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Source: nutritionfacts.org, ndb.nal.usda.gov, friedas.com

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