10 Days of Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes – Day #1
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are really nutritious, even though they come in dessert form sometimes as a creamy, dreamy pudding.
According to nutritionist Laura Flores, sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, are high in carotenoids. Plus, they’re fat-free, relatively low in sodium and have fewer calories than white potatoes — although they do have more sugar.
Sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of vitamin A; a large one contains more than 100 percent of the daily recommended intake, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vitamin A is an antioxidant powerhouse, and is linked to anti-aging benefits, cancer prevention and the maintenance of good eyesight, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Apple Butter Sweet Potatoes
4 pounds fresh sweet potatoes
6 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter
1/2 cup apple butter
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stab the sweet potatoes all over with a fork piercing the skin. Put in a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan. Cook until very tender, for 1 1/2 hours.
Cool to the touch. Remove the peels from the sweet potatoes. Put into a large bowl. Smash with a potato masher until creamy and smooth. Add the butter and apple butter and continue smashing until mixed well.
Sprinkle salt and serve.
Adapted from http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sweet-potatoes-with-apple-butter