Mix in Sweet Potatoes for Heart Health Month
February is a special time of year when we lead with a loving heart and show our loved ones just how much care. Though, you can’t love your fullest without a healthy heart, right y’all? As American Heart Health Month, we encourage you to give YOUR heart a little extra love… with sweet potatoes, of course!
Did y’all know that sweet potatoes are high in antioxidant activity compared to other vegetables? Antioxidants help reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. So, there’s no excuse not to eat more of these little spuds! Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to have sweet potatoes with other foods that promote heart health.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts and Pomegranate
This stuffed sweet potato from The Endless Meal is not only good for you, it’ll look good on your plate, too! Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids (the kind of fat your heart loves!) and pomegranates, like sweet potatoes, contain antioxidants. Go ahead and over-indulge in this dinner, your taste buds and heart will thank you!
Crispy Kale, Chickpea and Avocado Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust
This is one for pizza lovers of all kinds: the crust is gluten-free and the entire recipe is vegan! So how could we not include this veggie delight from Healthy Little Vittles in our heart-healthy round-up? In addition to the almighty sweet potato, kale and avocado are two foods your heart loves. Avocados are rich in monosaturated fats, which are linked to lowering heart disease risk factors, and kale is full of those omega-3 fatty acids. We knew there was a reason mama told us to eat our vegetables!
Lemon Kale Salad with Tomatoes and Spiralized Sweet Potatoes
We already went over why you should be adding more kale to your sweet potatoes, but did y’all know tomatoes pack a punch to heart health too? Both sweet potatoes and tomatoes have heart-healthy potassium, which help that heart to keep on pumping! And y’all know we’re just a sucker for spiralized sweets, so give us this salad from Kale Me Maybe all year long.
There you have it folks, American Heart Health Month just gave us yet another reason to be adding more sweet potatoes into our everyday lives! Remember to tag us in your sweet potato pictures on social media, @sweet_taters.