September is here, and although it’s not officially fall until the 22nd, I’m deeming today as the beginning of all things fall at the Herrenbruck residence. I usually hold on to summer for dear life, but this summer was a little difficult and I’m craving alllll the fall feels I can find.
I’ll go ahead and admit that with fall, comes some new food cravings. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with more #basicwhitegirl pumpkin spice ideas (facepalm emoji). I actually don’t care for pumpkin. I know. Gasp.
Instead, I’m going to highlight my other favorite orange food: sweet potatoes! While I eat sweet potatoes all year long, fall brings out all the memories of my Mom’s pecan streusel sweet potato casserole (#yaaaaas).
Before we dive in to some of my favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, let’s do a quite nutrient search. In one, medium sweet potato you will find: 100% of your vitamin A, 35% of you daily vitamin C, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2.3 grams of protein, and virtually 0 grams of fat. Boom. On top of those great nutrients, sweet potatoes are filled with carotenoids which are associated with decreased risk of cancer (thumbs up emoji).
Additionally, if you choose to switch sweet-potato type and go for the purple variety, you may get a different benefit. Researchers have found that the flavonoids specific to purple sweet potatoes significantly decreased blood glucose and LDL cholesterol, while increasing HDL-cholesterol in diabetic rats.
Ok, so you know sweet potatoes are good for you, but how should you prepare them? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite recipes for you to enjoy all season long.
Do you have a favorite fall food? Share it below!