Sweet potatoes pack quite a nutritional punch. Though often feared due to the high number of carbohydrates, sweet potatoes are a tremendous addition to any diet. One medium sweet potato provides over 400% of the daily vitamin A needs in the form of beta-carotene. The body turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that is useful in the prevention of cancer, eye health, skin health and protection from UV rays.
Sweet potatoes provide nearly twice the amount of fiber as their white counterparts. With almost 7 grams of fiber per medium spud, sweet potatoes provide slow burning fuel that helps to provide long-lasting energy.
One medium sweet potato also provides nearly 37% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin C, 16% of vitamin B6, 15% of potassium and 28% of manganese. With an abundance of vitamin E and vitamin C as well, sweet potatoes are a tremendous nutritional powerhouse to include in a diet.
Looking for new ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet? The below sweet åotato nachos are sure to peak your interest! These nachos are easy to prep and make for a delicious meal. Customize them however you want by swapping out the black beans for another, adding shredded meat or even homemade chili!
Sweet Potato Nachos
- 3 sweet potatoes, washed and sliced into ¼ in rounds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 can black beans
- 1 ½ cups reduced fat cheese
- ¼ cup green onions, chopped
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 avocado, diced
- plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
- Toss the sweet potato rounds with the oil and seasonings in a bowl. Lay out on baking sheets.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flip, then bake for 10 more. Reduce the baking time if your sweet potatoes are sliced thin. Watch so they don’t burn.
- Remove sweet potatoes from oven. Top with cheese and black beans and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Top with green onions, cilantro, avocado and salsa if desired.