The cool thing about the sweet potato is that it’s easily substituted for the basic starchy white potato in most recipes.  Do you love hash browns with your morning eggs?  Try this healthier hashbrown recipe featuring the sweet potato.

Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

1 large sweet potato ½ onion 2 eggs Salt and pepper to taste 2 tsp cinnamon (optional) 1 tbsp coconut oil

In a food processor, shred the sweet potato and onion. Using a clean towel, squeeze out the extra water from the potato and onion mixture. Set the mixture aside. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, salt, and pepper. Squeeze out the potato mixture again and then add to the mixing bowl with eggs, and seasoning. Mix well. In a cast iron skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Once the oil has come to temperature, it will look rippled, sprinkle the mixture into the pan. Cook on one side until golden, then stir to flip and cook the other side. Salt and Pepper to taste. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Serve with a side of applesauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Why choose the Sweet Potato? 

Sweet Potatoes are almost a perfect food.  They are inexpensive and readily available at your local farmers market or grocery store.  These root vegetables are packed with essential nutrients your body needs, among them are:

  • Vitamin B6 that helps lower our body’s homocysteine levels which is linked to heart attacks.
  • Vitamin C, which plays a vital role in blood cell formation and aids in healing. Vitamin C is also wonderful for maintaining youthful skin as it helps produce collagen.
  • Vitamin D, which helps our energy levels, moods and aids in building healthy hearts, nerves, skin & teeth.
  • They also have beta-carotene, which maintains healthy skin and healthy eyes.

Unlike the white potato, the natural sugar found in the sweet potato releases slowly into the blood stream, keeping your blood sugar balanced and steady. The starch in the white potato is actually long strings of glucose that will spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.  If you have the choice chose the sweet potato over the white potato.