If you've ever seen the sweet potato growing naturally you may have mistaken it for a delicate flower. This root vegetable is actually a member of the morning-glory family. The sweet potato vine grows paper thin leaves with dainty purple blooms, but the real beauty is hiding, growing in the soil. Despite its trendy appearance in modern day diets, the sweet potato has been around since prehistoric times. Since the vine can be easily rooted from cuttings, it makes a great and simple addition to any garden - just trellis the vine so it doesn't shade out your other plants.
Sweet potatoes have a lot going for them! They are high in dietary fiber, which can help to lower cholesterol if eaten in moderation. Additionally, sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for surface linings, like in your lungs, stomach, and heart. It is also a great anti-inflammatory which helps with joint function.
Since belonging to the morning-glory family, it’s a wonder people don't typically start off their morning with sweet potato. The complex carbohydrates are fantastic for stabilizing blood sugar and give you steady energy for the hours ahead. We included roasted sweet potatoes in our Mediterranean Skillet breakfast, alongside eggs, feta cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. Baked sweet potatoes make a great post workout snack when paired with protein. Just remember to eat the skin, as it’s the highest in fiber!