If you are looking for a short answer then that would be- Yes.
Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients and low on the glycemic index and they fulfill most of the dietary requirements to be accepted as paleo.
But this vegetable has its share of critics opposing to the idea of it being appropriate for the paleo diet where many have pointed out the fact that sweet potatoes are high in carbs and can affect the blood sugar level.
So in this post we are going to clear the confusion and explain why sweet potatoes are actually considered paleo and why you should include it in your diet.
Everything You Need to Know About Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are root tubers and far-related to white potatoes (note that white potatoes are NOT paleo).
These are starchy vegetables with a sweet taste that many often mistakenly consider being the same as yams when in fact true yams are not as common and are no way related to sweet potatoes.
There are countless varieties of sweet potatoes from all around the globe but only a few common types are sold in supermarkets.
Sweet potatoes are not only delicious but also have a number of health benefits along with being rich in many nutrients.
Sweet Potato Nutritional Facts
High Content of Vitamins C, B3, B5 and B6:
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and also help keep blood pressure under control. The presence of these vitamins also provides support to the digestive system and blood cells while improving brain health.
Source of Manganese, Magnesium, and Copper
Nutrients like Manganese, Magnesium, and Copper are essential for maintaining healthy bones and the immune system. These nutrients are found in great amounts in sweet potatoes.
High in Fiber
We know that fiber plays a great role in maintaining bowel health and lowering cholesterol levels and you will be glad to know that sweet potato is quite high in fiber. Blood sugar levels are also kept under control when fibers are added to our daily diets.
Antioxidants, Vitamin A and Low Glycemic Index Score
We were not joking when we said that sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and health benefits. The vegetable also contains antioxidants that lower risks of infections and promote heart health.
Vitamin A is known as an anti-aging vitamin while having a lower glycemic index score means that the food is slowly digested and does not raise the blood sugar level in an unhealthy way.
Delicious Paleo Sweet Potatoes Recipes
With a unique blend of sweetness and flavor, sweet potatoes are delicious even when simply boiled or baked.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to the plain old way of cooking every time you wish to include this starchy vegetable in your diet.
We present you with 3 appetizing recipes that are super easy to make and fit for the Paleo Diet.
If you want to try out more recipes then download the Paleo Hacks Cook Book, a popular eBook for those who follow the Paleo diet devotedly. You can also check out the “Paleohacks Cookbook Review-Best Paleo Cookbook” article where you will be able to get all the information about the book.
The book has been downloaded by an impressive number of health-conscious people who have mentioned to turn to the book for all the help they need in whipping up delicious paleo-friendly recipes to educating oneself with everything there is to know about the paleo lifestyle.
But for now, let us check out those mouth-watering recipes…
Sweet Potato Curry
For all curry lovers out there, this rich dish is best served over cauliflower rice.
- Sweet potatoes – 2 (cubed)
- Zucchini- 1 (sliced)
- Purple cabbage- ½ head (sliced)
- Carrots- 2 ( grated or finely chopped)
- Full fat canned coconut milk- 2 cups
- Bone broth or filtered water -1 cup
- Coconut oil
- Himalayan salt, curry powder, ground ginger, ground turmeric- 1 tablespoon of each
- Fresh basil and cilantro- ¼ cup of each (chopped) for garnish
- Heat up the oil in a large pot over medium heat
- Add sweet potatoes and carrots, sauté until soft
- Add all the spices and stir
- When the spices are well mixed and the potatoes and carrots are tender, add zucchini and cabbage
- Pour in the broth and coconut milk and cook over low heat
- Simmer for a few minutes until done
- Serve over cauliflower rice for a complete meal
Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
We know that white potatoes are not paleo but that does not mean that we have to give up on our cravings for mashed potatoes altogether. Just use sweet potatoes instead!
- Sweet potato- 1 cup worth (peeled and cubed)
- Collagen protein- 2 scoops
- Full fat canned coconut milk – ¼ cup
- Grass-fed ghee, sea salt, cracked black pepper – 1 teaspoon of each
- Steam sweet potatoes until the soft enough to mash
- Transfer the cubes to a big bowl and mash with a potato masher as you would mash normal white potatoes
- Toss in all the remaining ingredients and mix until you get a smooth consistency
- Serve and enjoy warm
Sweet Potato Cookies
A grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free cookie recipe that is so delicious and healthy that everyone will be fighting for the last piece.
- Sweet potato – 1 cup (mashed)
- Coconut flour- ½ cup
- Melted coconut oil- ¼ cup
- Honey- 1/3 cup
- Farm fresh or organic eggs- 3
- Sea salt- ½ teaspoon
- Ground ginger- ½ teaspoon
- Ground nutmeg- ¼ teaspoon
- Ground cloves- 1/8 teaspoon
- Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
- Baking soda- 1 teaspoon
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until there are no chunks or crumbs
- Be sure to place the dry ingredients on top to ensure a smooth dough
- Line a cooking sheet with parchment
- Take rounded spoonfuls of the mixture and place onto a lined tray
- Bake until cookies have a golden-brown top ( should take around 25 minutes)
- Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack
Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients and one of the most popular foods consumed in the Paleo diet. It can be included in a number of recipes to add a creamy texture to the dish or cooked up as the main ingredient along with other ingredients to bring out its amazing flavor. We recommend using sweet potatoes whenever you need to add a healthy starch to your Paleo diet.