Looking to improve your physical appearance and recovery time in between workouts? Incorporating vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables like sweet potato into your diet will help you achieve these wellness goals. Sweet potato is a great source of Vitamin C, which most folks are already aware of being important to help ward off colds. Did you know it also helps accelerate healing? According to WebMD, vitamin C plays a vital role in the production of collagen and improves skin’s youthful elasticity in especially dry climates like those found in California.1 This antioxidant property is most concentrated in the skin so refrain from peeling and tossing it away. As part of your post workout meal, sweet potato is also great source of Vitamin D, Magnesium and Iron. This healthy trio increases energy levels to resist fatigue, and boosts white blood cell production to assist in muscle repair.2


Changes in your eating habits often seem challenging, but here are two simple ways, whether you are eating in or out, to get sweet potato on your dinner plate. Rice is a staple in most households and here is an easy trick to increase the popular side dish’s nutritional value. For the perfect pairing with grilled chicken or steak, finely dice a sweet potato and add it to the water when you start cooking rice on the stovetop. Let the mixture come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. When done, fluff with a fork and stir in some chopped toasted almonds for texture. Next time you decide to treat yourself to a delicious burger, ask the waiter if you could substitute traditional French fries with a sweet potato alternative. If you have further options, in terms of preparation, ask for baked rather than fried to avoid excessive amounts of saturated fat.


***The nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding personal nutrition.

1http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/is-your-diet-aging-you

2http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/antioxidants-your-immune-system-super-foods-optimal-health