Smart Sweet Potatoes

By Hui Xie-Zukauskas

Let’s have a conversation on one of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes – Sweet potatoes

Grilled Swt Potato n Kale_7414329644_4d594e8b09_tFirst, why do I call it “smart”? It’s a cancer-prevention-wise vegetable, period. Here are top 3 benefits of sweet potatoes:

  1. Rich in beta-carotene, a cancer-preventative antioxidant: Sweet potatoes also contain polyphenol antioxidants. Antioxidants can eliminate cancer-causing free radicals and protect our cells from damage.
  2. Rich in fibers: Fibers stimulate intestinal movements and reduce toxin retention for colon cancer prevention.
  3. Good sources of carbohydrates and micronutrients, so they are immune-boosting.

Next, how about we share some healthy cooking and side dishes? Here are some tips:

-  Instead of deep-frying, bake sweet potato fries.

-  Instead of canned yam, roast sweet potato and turnip cubes – sprinkled with dill (or parsley); or grill sweet potato slices/chunks mixed with green onions.

-  Instead of having sugar- and fat-rich desserts, bake a sweet potato cake with cranberries and walnuts (or pecans, whatever desirable) – taking advantage of its natural sweetness, which can also be served as a side dish.

As an alternative to the well-known mashed sweet potatoes, there are a variety of recipes out there, such as:

  • Cinnamon sweet potatoes with vanilla
  • Garlic-thyme sweet potato rounds
  • Apple cider glazed sweet potatoes
  • Grilled sweet potato with wilted kale salad (as photo shown)

Just by mentioning a few, it makes me mouthwatering… Need more sweet potato recipes? Check Better Home & Garden or

Finally, we all look forward to Thanksgiving dinner, should we consider –

  1. Easy and stress-free preparations
  2. Healthy food, yet tasty, delicious, and gorgeous looking (if possible)
  3. Important – Memorable time?


Photo credit: By Tasty Yummies