Coach Erik here:
This week’s superfood spotlight is on the mighty sweet potato. The sweet potato is a nutritional juggernaut and considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Here’s a snapshot:
Sweet For Your Health:
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and minerals and have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help eliminate free radicals and repair damaged cells and membranes that are associated with diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Sweet For Your Fitness:
Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate, which makes them a fantastic source of slow burning energy, perfect for fueling your day or a sustained exercise effort.
Sweet For Weight Management:
Loaded with fiber, eating sweet potatoes will help keep your hunger at bay. Plus, sweet potatoes have less of an impact on blood sugar then white potatoes. Eating foods with a lower impact on your blood sugar helps your body utilize calories for fuel versus storing them as fat.
Sweet For Taste:
Sweet Potatoes are tasty. They can be mashed, baked, or made into healthy french fries!
Take away: Eating sweet potatoes once a week (or more) has powerful health benefits. Plus, sweet potatoes can boost your energy, help manage your weight, and taste really good!
I invite you to consider getting “sweet” on sweet potatoes and kick your nutrition plan into high gear!
Erik Hajer is an award-winning fitness and wellness coach and author of the book, LIVE FIT AND BE WELL: A Personal Transformation Workbook. (Amazon: http://amzn.to/t3z97A ) In addition to training for life, he is a 13-time marathoner and 5- time Ironman Triathlon finisher.
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