Power Up With Power Foods: Sweet Potatoes

Enjoy the perfect base for a quick meal that can go either sweet or savory.
Sweet Potato

Q: How many PointsPlus® values are in a small cooked sweet potato? What about a medium cooked sweet potato?
A: 2 in a small; 3 in a medium

Q: Are sweet potatoes really a nutrient powerhouse?
A: A medium sweet potato has twice the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin A and about 1/3 the RDA of vitamin C for an adult. They’re also an excellent source of beta-carotene. Research shows that consuming a diet rich in beta-carotene might help lower your risk for certain kinds of cancer.

Q: My oven is shot and I don’t like microwaved potatoes. How else can I cook one whole?
A: Try the grill: Place whole potatoes on the grill and cook, covered or uncovered, until tender and starting to brown, about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size.

Q: Do you have any buying and storage tips?
A: Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place; not the refrigerator. Buy potatoes that are firm and smooth without any bruises or sprouts. Although you can cut away decayed spots, the rest of the potato might already taste a little funny.
Spicy Chili Lime Sweet Potato
Spicy Chili Lime Sweet Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 3

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons light sour cream with 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce (or to taste) that’s been mashed into a paste; spoon over a small, warm, split baked sweet potato. Garnish with kosher salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Orange-Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Orange-Smashed Sweet Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 2

Halve 1 small, hot, baked sweet potato and scoop out flesh. Using a fork, coarsely mash flesh with 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder; spoon back into skin. Garnish with sliced scallions or chopped cilantro, orange zest and a sprinkle of salt.
Spicy Baked Sweet Potatoes
Spicy Baked Sweet Potato
PointsPlus values per serving: 3

Halve 1 small, warm, baked sweet potato and scoop out flesh. Mash flesh with a pinch cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon brown sugar; spoon potato mixture back into skin. Sprinkle each potato half with 1 tablespoon shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and microwave until cheese melts; garnish with chopped chives.
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