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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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Surprising Sweetpotato Swaps

September 4, 2020

Summer is coming to a close, and it’s time to start thinking about healthy ways to fuel your family as in-person or virtual learning, sports and other activities ramp back up. Instead of your everyday dinner, mix your menu up with one of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission’s favorite family-friendly recipes that incorporate the orange superfood as a healthy and nutrient-packed ingredient.  Put a sweet twist on your favorite weeknight meals with these recipes that substitute North Carolina sweetpotatoes for…

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Healthy Back to School Snacks

August 21, 2020

Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN Snacks are a wonderful part of life. Not only do they help bridge the gap between meals, they also offer key opportunities for children and adults alike to increase their nutrient intake throughout the day. However, snacking too often can ruin an appetite for mealtimes and can also lead to weight gain or overnutrition. On the other hand, not including the right balance of foods and nutrients in a snack can lead to more hunger and…

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Beat the Heat with These North Carolina Sweetpotato Treats

August 3, 2020

As temperatures continue to heat up, you may be looking for creative ways to keep cool. Did you know North Carolina sweetpotatoes are chock full of nutrients that will leave you feeling energized when temperatures rise? But don’t let the “sweet” in sweetpotatoes deceive you: The orange superfood is a guilt-free way to satisfy your summer sweet tooth.  Check out these four sweetpotato treats that will help you beat the heat this summer: Kick start your day of fun in…

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Food Safety Tips and Delicious Summer Recipes

July 16, 2020

by Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission With warmer weather ahead, you may find yourself staying away from the oven inside and gravitating towards eating outside. After all, July is National Grilling Month, and there are several healthy, fun and versatile ways to utilize sweetpotatoes on the grill during these warm months!

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