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Healthy Lifestyle Habits for National Nutrition Month

March 1, 2021

by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission March is the start of National Nutrition Month, and while life doesn’t slow down or change significantly for this occasion, it’s a great time to be reflecting on how you can embrace a healthy lifestyle year-round. Despite what many online influencers or diets may infer, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. Because all people are of different sizes and have different goals, each person has varying nutrition needs.

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How Sweetpotatoes Can Help Heart Health

February 15, 2021

by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission February is American Heart Month and a great reminder to focus on our cardiovascular health and well being. Heart disease is the overall global leading cause of death. The most common cause of heart disease is atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque in the arteries, stemming from poor lifestyle choices, such as an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. How do sweetpotatoes and heart health relate? Sweetpotatoes are a…

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Seven Sweet Ways to Celebrate National Sweetpotato Month

February 9, 2021

Did you know February is National Sweetpotato Month? Whether you’re looking to maintain your New Year’s resolution with healthy recipes, trying to find sweet ways to sneak vegetables into your kids’ diets or just wanting an activity to beat the stay-at-home blues, the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission is here to share seven ways you can celebrate the orange superfood this month: Up Your North Carolina Sweetpotato Knowledge Sweetpotatoes have been around for centuries, but how much do you really know about…

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9 of Our Favorite Sweetpotato Soup Recipes to Enjoy in the New Year

January 19, 2021

by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission It’s soup season and there’s nothing cozier than a warm bowl of coziness during these cold winter months. Soup can be a great way to increase your nutrient intake as well as your hydration, whether it be after a workout or throughout a dry, winter day.  Sweetpotatoes are extremely versatile and make a great addition to soups and stews. Not only do they offer more texture and flavor, but…

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Three Ways to Cook North Carolina Sweetpotatoes

January 11, 2021

North Carolina sweetpotatoes aren’t just nutritious and delicious – they’re one of the most versatile vegetables around. From baking to slow cooking and pressure cooking, there are plenty of ways to whip up sweet and savory sweetpotato recipes.   Read on for three of our favorite ways to cook North Carolina sweetpotatoes: BAKING Baking may seem basic, but it’s anything but. It’s actually one of the most simple and delicious ways to savor the orange superfood. The perfect meal prep hack…

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12 Days of North Carolina Sweetpotatoes

December 10, 2020

by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission As we head into the chillier winter months, many people start to focus on bolstering their immune systems and staying healthy. Sweetpotatoes are a great immune-boosting food, filled with Vitamins A and C, as well as several health-promoting antioxidants. Sweetpotatoes are one of the most versatile foods available. They work with nearly every diet and eating style, from diabetes and heart-friendly diets, to vegan and plant-based eating styles, to…

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Celebrate National Comfort Food Day with North Carolina Sweetpotatoes

December 3, 2020

Looking for an excuse to cozy up with some of your favorite comfort foods? You’re in luck: Dec. 5 is National Comfort Food Day! This season, savor a healthier twist on rich and decadent dishes by incorporating North Carolina sweetpotatoes that will nourish your body and keep you warm all winter long.  From classics like soup and chicken pot pie to casseroles and more, celebrate National Comfort Food Day sweetpotato-style with these hearty and delicious recipes:  Warm up on a…

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Healthy Swaps and Ingredient Substitutions for the Holidays

November 10, 2020

by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission The holidays bring a slew of homemade family recipes and tasty foods to the table, ranging from heavy dips and sauces to delicious generational casserole recipes. While we want to enjoy the taste, flavor and labor that goes into these recipes, many of us also want to stick to healthy eating goals.  According to Consumer Reports, Americans eat between 3,000 and 4,000 calories at their Thanksgiving celebrations, and possibly more…

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Sweet Recipes for Runners

October 29, 2020

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or looking to start a new healthy habit, it’s no surprise that a nutritious diet is crucial to supporting exercise. If you’re looking for a versatile, nutritious ingredient to incorporate into your meal plan, look no further than North Carolina sweetpotatoes. Predominantly composed of complex carbohydrates, micronutrients, antioxidants and fiber, sweetpotatoes offer a healthy balance of nutrients and are absent of saturated fat and cholesterol.  Read on for some of our favorite sweet recipes for…

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How to Incorporate NC Sweetpotatoes into Your Diet Plan

September 22, 2020

After a summer spent close to home and closer to the fridge and pantry, you may be looking for healthy new recipes to help shed those extra quarantine pounds. With a new season on the horizon, now is a great time to focus on your health by incorporating healthier choices into your eating regime. Many trendy diets call for complicated, one-time use ingredients that are pricey and inaccessible, making it difficult for the average home cook to stay on track.

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