I am always looking for foods containing high levels of vitamins A,D,E and K which are fat soluble vitamins to include in my diet. Fat soluble vitamins are those vitamins that require a good source of “healthy fat” (such as olive oil or coconut oil ) present in order for the body to absorb them properly. Celiac’s have an interruption in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins therefore most of us will experience being deficient in these vitamins at some point or another.
We have all heard how sweet potatoes are a healthy choice and pack a powerful nutritional punch. They are packed with vitamin A, their skin is a great source of fiber, they also contain B vitamins, vitamin C and numerous minerals that definitely make them worthy of their reputation.
That being said , I have never really liked eating sweet potatoes. I find them starchy, sweet and extremely filing. Recently, I discovered organic baby sweet potatoes or organic baby jewel yams as they are called in some stores. They are the perfect size, have a great texture and have just the right amount of sweetness.
I want to mention that yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing. Above I mentioned the two ways that I have seen this particular variety of sweet potato labeled in stores so you don’t get confused when you are looking for them.
Here is an easy way to prepare these healthy little tubers. Hope it gets you eating sweet potatoes!
1- 8 organic baby sweet potatoes with skin on sliced in half lengthwise ( the larger ones I quarter).
2- 1 heaping teaspoon of raw, organic coconut oil ( should be soft enough to work with)
3- Pinch of Sea Salt
4- Cholula original hot sauce ( as of the date of this post the company says its gluten free)
Preheat oven to 425
1- Wash the sweet potatoes.
2- Dry them off with a paper towel. Make sure they are completely dry.
3- Cut sweet potatoes and place in large bowl
4- Add the Organic raw coconut oil. Using your hands massage the oil into the cut sweet potatoes until they are all lightly coated
5- Sprinkle with Sea salt and toss to coat
6- Lightly coat a cookie sheet with coconut oil, and arrange potatoes flesh side up
7- Place in oven and roast for 25-35 minutes depending on your oven. Flip the potatoes after 15 minutes or half way through the roasting process.
8- When they are crisp and browned remove from oven and place on a serving dish.
9- Drizzle with hot sauce. Serve