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Aunty’s Chick Pea & Sweet Potato Dinner

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Everyone wants to be healthy. Especially now that we are social distancing and may be visiting the refrigerator and the couch way too many times.

My Aunt sent this picture of her dinner a few nights ago. In an effort to maintain middle aged weight and be healthy, this is “food for our soul”. This prompted this post about sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato:

Sweet potatoes  scientifically known as Ipomoea batatas are healthier forms of carbohydrates that most others. It has a medium glycemic index, according to HSPH, of 63.

The glycemic index (GI) refers to how quickly a certain food raises a person’s blood sugar after consumption.

White potatoes are a high-GI food, with a GI of 78. Previous research has implicated the consumption between a high-GI diet and type 2 diabetes.

Sweet potatoes are part of the family of root vegetables and are “delicious and nutritious.”

They are so tasty, contains zero fats and cholesterol, packed with vitamins and nutrients and are delicious!

Did you know that despite being a “potato”, sweet potatoes are not closely related to white potatoes.

They are edible roots, while white potatoes are eligible tubers.

The difference between Tubers & Roots:

Root vegetables are underground parts of plants that acts as storage organs and are enlarged to store carbohydrates that will be accessed for energy.

Tubers are the enlarged structures in some plants and are used as storage of nutrients. They contain no nodes, internodes or reduced leaves.

For e.g. carrot is a root and sweet potato is a root tuber.

White potatoes are part of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, eggplant and hot peppers, according to the University of Wisconsin.

Sweet potatoes, are part of the morning glory family of flowering plants and are not closely related to white potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are considered root vegetables, this means that we eat the root of the plant, while white potatoes are considered tubers, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

They are also one of the top sources of beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A. Great for preserving our excellent eyesight.

Different types of sweet potatoes

Day of Worship Church Flyer (2)

Everyone wants to be healthy. Especially now that we are social distancing and may be visiting the refrigerator and the couch way too many times.

My Aunt sent this picture of her dinner a few nights ago. In an effort to maintain middle aged weight and be healthy, this is “food for our soul”. This prompted this post about sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato:

Sweet potatoes  scientifically known as Ipomoea batatas are healthier forms of carbohydrates that most others. It has a medium glycemic index, according to HSPH, of 63.

The glycemic index (GI) refers to how quickly a certain food raises a person’s blood sugar after consumption.

White potatoes are a high-GI food, with a GI of 78. Previous research has implicated the consumption between a high-GI diet and type 2 diabetes.

Sweet potatoes are part of the family of root vegetables and are “delicious and nutritious.”

They are so tasty, contains zero fats and cholesterol, packed with vitamins and nutrients and are delicious!

Did you know that despite being a “potato”, sweet potatoes are not closely related to white potatoes.

They are edible roots, while white potatoes are eligible tubers.

The difference between Tubers & Roots:

Root vegetables are underground parts of plants that acts as storage organs and are enlarged to store carbohydrates that will be accessed for energy.

Tubers are the enlarged structures in some plants and are used as storage of nutrients. They contain no nodes, internodes or reduced leaves.

For e.g. carrot is a root and sweet potato is a root tuber.

White potatoes are part of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, eggplant and hot peppers, according to the University of Wisconsin.

Sweet potatoes, are part of the morning glory family of flowering plants and are not closely related to white potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are considered root vegetables, this means that we eat the root of the plant, while white potatoes are considered tubers, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

They are also one of the top sources of beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A. Great for preserving our excellent eyesight.

Different types of sweet potatoes

Nutritional values of sweet potatoes:

Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 73 mg 3%
Potassium 448 mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9%
Dietary fiber 4 g 16%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 2.1 g 4%
Vitamin A 377% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 4% Iron 4%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 15%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium
The table above copied from livescience.com

Interesting facts:

  • In addition to the root, sweet potato leaves and shoots are also edible and commonly eaten in some countries.
  • Boiling sweet potatoes retains more of their beta-carotene making the nutrients more available for our use.
  • As much as 92% of the nutrients are retained by limiting the cook time, such as boiling in a pot with a tightly covered lid for 20 minutes.
  • Cooking potatoes with the skin on further helps to minimize loss of nutrients including beta-carotene and vitamin C.
  • Their interesting bright colors are from “phyto” chemicals. These phytochemicals are currently being studied for their potential role in human health.

Aunty’s menu:

  • Sweet potato boiled with a dash of salt.
  • Chickpeas, drained and tossed with 1 tbsp oil, curry, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grape tomatoes, cucumber and turkey bacon lettuce wrapped.
  • Drink of your choice.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Enjoy!

Blessings.

References:

Interesting facts:

  • In addition to the root, sweet potato leaves and shoots are also edible and commonly eaten in some countries.
  • Boiling sweet potatoes retains more of their beta-carotene making the nutrients more available for our use.
  • As much as 92% of the nutrients are retained by limiting the cook time, such as boiling in a pot with a tightly covered lid for 20 minutes.
  • Cooking potatoes with the skin on further helps to minimize loss of nutrients including beta-carotene and vitamin C.
  • Their interesting bright colors are from “phyto” chemicals. These phytochemicals are currently being studied for their potential role in human health.

Aunty’s menu:

  • Sweet potato boiled with a dash of salt.
  • Chickpeas, drained and tossed with 1 tbsp oil, curry, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grape tomatoes, cucumber and turkey bacon lettuce wrapped.
  • Drink of your choice.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Enjoy!

Blessings.

References:

19 thoughts on “Aunty’s Chick Pea & Sweet Potato Dinner

  1. Great info! We love sweet potatoes here. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much.

  2. Thanks for sharing ! Sweet potatoes are readily available here on our island. I am going to prepare more of these. 🤗

    1. Healthy option. And good for you.

  3. I didn’t know there were different types of sweet potatoes… they remind me of butternut squash which I like better. I actually bought sweet potatoes today 🙂

    1. Good for you. I live sweet potato over white ones. Good thing they are healthier too.

  4. This is enlightening to read. It’s always around here and super cheap. My Pa likes it roasted in the oven.

    1. Yes, roasted sweet potatoes are good. Sweet potato any way is good.

  5. Yummers!!! I love sweet potatoes. Nice photo too. Wow, your Aunty is eating super healthy! Thanks for sharing the good eats, Pene. xoxoxo

    1. Yes, she has and lost quite a bit of middle age pudge. You are welcome. Have a great day.

  6. I love sweet potatoes 💖 so I really found it interesting reading

    1. Great to hear. I love sweet potatoes as well especially since I grew up eating it. Made some for breakfast today.

      1. Yeah I also grew up eating it😁

  7. Thanks for sharing this sis. I love sweet potato too. Maybe the sweet taste. While the white only if it’s fried. 🙈

    1. Hello my dear. I am not a lover of white potatoes. My kids are american so they love these things. I dont really eat much of the typical American diet. I did however grow up eating sweet potato and to this day I love it. Boiled and sauteed some for breakfast this am and I am trying to grow some in a pot in the yard.
      This was my aunt’s menu she proudly sent a picture, lol.
      How are you today?

      1. Hi sis. 🤗
        Cool. That makes two of us – it’s not my go-to unless it’s for chips. ☺
        Oh!. ☺
        Same here, I love it. 🙈
        Wow. Nice. How is that turning out?.
        Smiles. Okay. That’s nice of her to savor you with it yeah.. 😂
        I’m good. Indoors.
        How has been the weekend at your end too?. ☺

        1. Weather is good here, not too hot. I don’t like the heat, the plants are growing well.
          What you have planned today?

          1. That’s nice. Here it is hot, rain fell a while ago but seems to ooze out the heat. 😓
            Smiles. I don’t like it too. I take my bath as many times as possible. Phew. 🙈
            That’s great. ✋
            Smiles. It’s been a work-filled day. From chores to cooking to…. yeah I watched a movie too. Actually finished watching it cos I started seeing it since yesterday. ☺

            1. Sounds like you have a full day.

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