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Sweet News about Sweet Potatoes

May 5, 2018

And, the winner is ...

Marguerite Ednie received a copy of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest for her sweet potato recipe-- so simple yet so satisfying:

 

EASY SWEET POTATOES

Scrub/wash sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork. 
Bake at 350/375 degrees, 45-60 minutes 'til tender.
Split in half. Mash insides with fork; drizzle with tahini, fresh lemon juice and cracked black pepper

 

Did you know?

Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, vitamins A + C, potassium, & folic acid. They're a staple of the traditional Okinawan diet (a Blue Zone). Before World War II (and the onslaught of western diets), Okinawans got a whopping 70% of daily calories from sweet potatoes!

 

Dan Buettner reports: Okinawans eat purple sweet potatoes, including the leaves--eaten as greens in miso soup. Like other sweet potatoes, they contain anti-oxidants, called sporamin, which possess a variety of potent anti-aging properties.

~ SWEET POTATO DESSERT RECIPES ~

 

CHOCOLATE FROSTING courtesy Linda Jones

  • 1 15-oz. can sweet potato puree

  • 1 2/3 cups vegan chocolate chips

In medium saucepan, simmer sweet potato puree over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; add chocolate, stir 'til smooth, forming soft peaks, but not stiff. When cool, spread over cooled cake, cookies, or cupcakes.

 

from prolific Lulu Cooks and Tells:

 

COFFEE CHOCOLATE DIP (a version of the above frosting) 

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules

  • 4-6 tbsp maple syrup

  • 2 cooked sweet potatoes, peeled/mashed

Mix first 4 ingredients in blender 'til well mixed. Add sweet potatoes; blend 'til mixture is smooth. 

 

QUINOA SWEET POTATO PUDDING

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1/2 ripe banana

  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1/4 tsp cardamon

  • 1 tbsp raisins or other dried fruits or fresh fruit or nuts 

Mix quinoa, banana, and sweet potato in bowl. Add and mix non-dairy milk, syrup, cardamon. Add raisins.

 

More delicious-looking sweet potato recipes from Lulu:

    Pittsburgh-area readers Note change in the date of my presentation: from

    May 9 to MAY 14.

    Several Blue Zone Quotes & Facts

    • Dr. Dean Ornish's groundbreaking research shows that changing your lifestyle actually changes how your genes work–turning on genes that keep you healthy, turning off genes that promote heart disease, prostate cancer, & diabetes.

    • Mealtimes in "Blue Zones" regions are celebrations, a time to share stories & bond. A University of Illinois study found children who share family meals 3+ times/week are more likely to have normal weight and healthier diet. 

    • Centenarians in all of the “Blue Zones” regions have access to leafy greens and hearty vegetables and they make up a large portion of their daily diets.

       

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