Healthy Fall Comfort Foods

I don’t know about you but Fall is my favorite time of the year. The weather is starting to get cooler, the leaves are changing my favorite shades of red, orange and brown, and the smell of comfort food is in the air. So how can you resist those Fall sweet temptations? Don’t resist at all, just spice things up the healthy way! Today I am going to talk about my favorite Fall comfort vegetable, the sweet potato.

While staying fit and healthy may require skipping the stuffing and mashed potatoes, it also means loading up on healthy comfort foods like yams (or sweet potatoes). In fact, yams are one of the best vegetables that you can eat. They are loaded with Vitamin A, B, C, fiber, iron, and potassium which are an important part of any diet but especially for those of you who are weight training. It definitely helps that they taste good too.

How to prepare- Sweet potatoes can be prepared a variety of ways. You can boil them, bake them, saute (sliced or cubed), mash them, or even throw them on the grill wrapped in foil.

What to serve with- My favorite healthy way to serve up a sweet potato is with a piece of grilled salmon and asparagus. The flavors will blend for the ultimate healthy Fall treat.

How to season- The popular way to season sweet potatoes is with loads of fatty butter, but there are alternatives. Try a low fat margarine and add just a touch of brown sugar for a decadent dinner treat so good that you won’t crave dessert.

So next time you are craving a Fall comfort food dinner on a chilly night pick up a few sweet potatoes from your local market and get creative!

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Posted on October 10, 2011, in fitness, nutrition, weight loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yumm. Sweet potatoes are my favorite. I had no idea they are healthy.

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