Walnut Sweet Potato Salad
By Kristinhong on February 06, 2013
Happy February! Did you know that February is National Sweet Potato Month? (and also Fiber Focus month... just sayin')
I could go on about these guys, I loooove sweet potatoes. Whether roasted, mashed, baked... I'll take 'em! They are a great source of carbohydrates and they are delicious- even better than regular taters in my opinion. One of my other posts on sweet potatoes discusses the health benefits, but here is a little refresher:
- Great source of carbohydrates because of their low glycemic index (meaning they raise your blood sugar at a slower rate, causing a more steady release of insulin). They are a source of balanced energy without blood sugar spikes, leading to the storage of fat.
- Like carrots, they are high in carotenoids such as beta-carotene, giving them their orange color. These aid in eye health, skin health and protect against aging.
- They are good for your heart! They have a high content of B6, which helps keep the blood passageways clear and healthy. Also, the antioxidants present in sweet potatoes aid in your healthy heart.
- Additionally a great source of fiber (7g/serving), potassium, Vitamin C and Manganese
The other day, I topped my salad with some of these sweet potatoes I pan-cooked over the stove. See how to char the potatoes here!