What is a healthy substitute for sweet potatoes?

Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics
I would be hard-pressed to find a good substitute for sweet potatoes. They are a power house of vitamin A and also provide vitamin C, B-6, potassium, and fiber. If I had to choose a substitute, I would go for butternut squash, another great source of vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C.

Vitamin A is great for your skin and eyes, potassium can help you manage your blood pressure, and vitamin can help keep your immune system strong. All good reasons to include these bright orange vegetables into your weekly meal plan. 

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Most Americans don't prepare meals from scratch, and many eat out frequently. Reconnecting with food by cooking it can improve not only taste but health. How you cook can make a difference not only to taste, but nutrition. Boiling ...

broccoli or cabbage can destroy antioxidants. Microwaving or cooking on a griddle can preserve them. Stir-frying can be a good, quick way to prepare food too. Frozen and fresh vegetables have similar nutrient levels (not always similar taste). Canned foods do not. Some foods require adequate cooking time to ensure safety. If you think you don't have time to cook, a little planning can go a long way. Veggies may be pre-cut when time permits, and beans or pasta can be prepared in advance without loss of flavor or nutritional value. Many recipes may be modified to lower fat or sugar variations.
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