Family Medicine in Austin: Holiday Health – Sweet Potatoes

It’s time for another Austin-area family medicine 101 class!

Holiday meals with all of the turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes are usually not suited to our daily diet plan. Or are they? It turns out many traditional holiday meals have ingredients that are super-foods, so stock up on those foods this season. And, of course, choose the holiday recipes that call for these ingredients in the healthiest manner.

Today we’re talking sweet potatoes. A lot of you probably already have sweet potatoes on the menu over the holidays, even if you didn’t know they’re a natural exfoliant full of Vitamin A, which is a key component your body uses to create new skin cells. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with fiber and are less calories than a white potato.

If you were already planning to serve sweet potatoes, great! Candied sweet potatoes are a great side dish, but there are many other ways to prepare them with less sugar and less calories. Do a search for recipes. One of my favorites is a sweet potato hash, which you can find here: You can also serve a simple baked sweet potato with a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and a drop of butter.

So remember, sweet potatoes are an excellent part of a holiday menu for their flavor and their health benefits. Eat up!

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