Why eat sweet potatoes? The Healthline explains this simply by saying, “Sweet potatoes are versatile and nutritious, packing a good amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese into each serving. They also have anti-cancer properties and may promote immune function, gut health, brain function, and eye health.”
But more than this, sweet potatoes have a unique flavor that is a great addition to many recipes! As a food that tastes awesome and helps you feel good, it is definitely one to start including in your kitchen!
Here is a collection of both sweet and savory health-focussed recipes to get you started.
Note: Click on the heading to see the recipe for each food!
There are quite a few AMAZING savory dishes that incorporate sweet potatoes as a main ingredient. Not only do they provide great flavor, but they are super versatile for cooking.
Most dishes have some kind of base, typically rice, potatoes, bread, or noodles. Sweet potatoes can act as a substitute for many of these bases, making them a fun ingredient to incorporate into your recipes.
Cereal can get boring really fast. I know I get tired of it. Switch up your morning by making this sweet potato hash. You may not be excited about getting up, but you’ll be excited to start your day with this breakfast!
One serving of this hash has 222 calories, 13g of fat, 15g of carbs, and 11g of protein.
One of the best features of this recipe is the fact that you can have it ready within 20 minutes! Whether you’re busy running kids to soccer practice or just not feeling like spending lots of time preparing a meal, this is a flavor-packed recipe that will put a smile on your family’s face.
One stuffed potato half includes 226 calories, 5g of fat, 23g of carbs, and 24g of carbs.
Just 10 minutes to prep and 50 minutes to cook. Within an hour you can have a family-friendly meal that uses few dishes, incorporates some veggies, and tastes great! Who knew that healthy eating could be so achievable?!
A serving of this casserole has 366 calories, 18g of fat, 19g of carbs, and 31.5g of protein.
This recipe is great for those who are vegan or vegetarian. It also works well for those who are gluten and dairy free! With the option to customize your toppings, ingredients, and amounts, this is a cost-friendly meal that can satisfy anyone!
A serving has 418 calories, 9g of fat, 75g of carbs, and 12g of protein.
Instead of greasy French fries, why not have some fresh sweet potato fries? By making them at home you can choose different flavors, control how crispy they get, and save yourself a trip through the drive through. Enjoy the satisfying bite while also feeling satisfied in choosing the healthier option!
A serving of these fries has 258 calories, 7g of fat, 46g of carbs, and 4g of protein.
Many desserts incorporate large amounts of sugar to get their desired flavor. Since sweet potatoes already have a slight sweetness, they make for a great ingredient to use in sweet recipes!
These waffles require so few ingredients and so little effort! They are great for a lazy morning and can be topped with anything such as greek yogurt, nut butter, fruit, and honey!
While the website doesn’t clearly define the serving size, my assumption is that the nutrition label describes a single waffle. Regardless, a serving has 79 calories, 1g of fat, 14g of carbs, and 3g of protein.
This one is for my Thanksgiving lovers. Similar to the traditional sweet potato casserole, these roasted sweet potatoes make for a lovely side dish. The nice thing is, they are way healthier! With just a few seasonings and some maple syrup added, you have an amazing dish that offers that beloved holiday flavor.
A serving of these has 117 calories, 5g of fat, 18g of carbs, and 1g of protein.
You can use this recipe to make sweet potato muffins or turn them into cupcakes by adding frosting. Nice, right?! Additionally, they are high in protein and are a great item to make ahead and grab on the go. They are great as a quick breakfast, snack for the kids, packed in a lunch, or as a post-meal dessert!
One of these muffins has 135 calories, 7g of fat, 13g of carbs, and 6g of protein.
I’ve found that it’s much harder to stick with healthy eating goals if you are eating the same foods all the time. Tired of oatmeal or scrambled eggs and wheat toast? Try this breakfast bowl instead! You can treat it similar to oatmeal by adding in fruit, nuts, and almond butter for a sweet, filling start to your day!
A serving has 356 calories, 12g of fat, 58g of carbs, and 7g of protein.
I wouldn’t venture to say that these brownies are necessarily healthy, but I would say that they are a healthier alternative to a box mix! By using maple syrup, vanilla, and a few chocolate chips, these brownies have a sweet flavor without using sugar!
One batch makes 8 brownies and one brownie contains 250 calories, 16g of fat, 28g of carbs, and 5g of protein.
Sweet potatoes are one of those ingredients that I want to use more frequently. I’m a firm believer that there are all kinds of recipes you can make with them that are satisfying, health-conscious, and delicious!
More Sweet Potato Recipes
Check out my other posts for inspiration!
- Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes
- Roasted Sweet Potato Noodles with Feta
- 17 Healthy Sweet Potato Dessert Topping Ideas