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Are Sweet Potatoes Good for Children?

Are Sweet Potatoes Good for Children?
Are Sweet Potatoes Good for Children?

There are plenty of people on the internet who cannot stop talking about how potatoes are unhealthy and have no place in a well balanced diet. First of all, you should understand that those people have little idea of what they are talking about. When they label potatoes as unhealthy food items, they are basically referring to fried potatoes and potato chips that are harmful to the body because of the improper ways in which they are cooked. You cannot expect to live off fries for the rest of your life and remain healthy. However, if you cook potatoes the healthy way with the use of the right ingredients, then there is nothing wrong with making them an important part of your daily diet. In fact, sweet potatoes can be a nutritious and delicious addition to your child’s diet.

Kid-Friendly Potatoes

There are many nutrition experts who believe that sweet potatoes are better than white potatoes. Whether the claim is true or not is still up for debate. However, the bottom line for you to remember is that sweet potatoes can be a great source of nutrition for your child. Unlike other vegetables, you do not have to hide sweet potatoes inside a meat to get your child to eat them. There many ways in which sweet potatoes can be cooked, and it is quite unlikely that your child will find the potatoes unappetizing as long as you get your cooking spot on. The kid-friendly sweet potatoes can be cooked and eaten in all the same ways as white potatoes. This means that you can bake them, sauté them, fry them, roast them, mash them and even serve them raw.

Nutritional Content

Since sweet potatoes have great nutritional content, children should be encouraged to consume them on a more regular basis. There is plenty of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A) to be found in sweet potatoes. It is also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D and fibre. You are advised to cook sweet potatoes with a little bit of fat. They do not contain too many calories (1 cup equals 114 calories on average). Therefore, you can definitely afford to add that extra fat on the plate when serving up these potatoes. Cooking sweet potatoes with a little bit of butter or coconut oil can really accentuate the flavour of this amazing ingredient. You could even use a bit or ranch or other salad dressings on the potatoes when serving them up raw. The possibilities are infinite. You just need to let those creative juices flow when you are cooking sweet potatoes for your child.

Raw Fries

Here is a quick and easy way to get your child to eat sweet potatoes. Peel a medium sweet potato and cut it in half (lengthwise). Each of those halves should then be sliced into a half an inch thick slabs. Those slabs should be chopped up into half an inch thick sticks. Slice up enough sticks till you have a bowl full of fries. Add a bit of ranch or Italian dressing to the raw fries in the bowl. When your kids return home from school, they are surely going to dig into this bowl of healthy fries with bright smiles on their faces.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

For baking sweet potatoes, you need to get the oven pre-heated to 350 degrees. Make holes all over the sweet potato before placing them in the oven. This should allow the steam to escape easily. Bake the potatoes for a minimum duration of 60 minutes. After an hour of baking, take the potatoes out and check whether they have a squishy texture. If they do, then slice the potatoes open and start mashing the insides with a fork. Season the mashed flesh with a bit of coconut oil, salt, pepper and a tsp of brown sugar. You can now serve these potatoes as the perfect side for your dinner main. If you want, you can spread some cheese on top of the baked potatoes or even serve it with light and refreshing gravy.

Roasted Potatoes

To roast sweet potatoes, you need to first pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. While the oven gets heated, peel and dice two medium sized sweet potatoes. Chop an onion and two carrots. Take all the vegetables and place them on a large, rimmed baking dish. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the potatoes, carrots and onions. Use salt and pepper for seasoning. Start mixing the vegetables with your hands so that the spices and the oil are smeared over every single piece of vegetable in the baking dish. Once the oven is ready, pop the baking dish inside and bake for about 20 minutes. The vegetables should develop a nice, crunchy and toasty texture on top.

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