Sweet Potato

Why You Should Be Eating More Sweet Potatoes!

Apr.17, 2013

Did you know that North Carolina is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States? Sweet potatoes are a superfood loaded with lots of nutrients and health benefits–and are frequently offered in the dining halls!

A serving of a sweet potato is low in calories and fat-free.

Sweet potatoes are a good source of:

  • vitamin A
  • beta carotene
  • fiber
  • vitamin C
  • B vitamins
  • manganese
  • potassium

There are so many more ways to eat sweet potatoes other than topped with marshmallows during the holidays!

Mashed sweet potatoes is a simple dish and is full of flavor.

Loaded Sweet Potato: Instead of a regular baked potato, choose the baked sweet potato and load it up with the various veggies and toppings found in the dining hall! Add some veggies from the salad bar or from a veggie side dish offered that day on top of your sweet potato. If you also eat the skin, you are getting a better source of vitamin A, beta carotene and fiber.

 This Thursday, NC State University Dining will be having a ‘Farm Feast’ outdoor meal at Fountain Dining Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two different dishes will with sweet potatoes will be offered:

  • Sweet Potato Pilaf
  • Lime & Chili Roasted White Sweet Potato

Don’t forget to serve yourself some sweet potatoes as part of your meal this Thursday!

–Katie

 

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