Simple As Well As Multifaceted

If you’re like me, you normally have pretty busy days. Yet, within the midst of the holiday season, your days can feel out of control. During this time, I enjoy using items that simplify life and fulfill many purposes.

So, I thought it appropriate that this Recommendation Wednesday featured product fit that description.

Solgar Calcium Ascorbate Crystals is the subject of this Wednesday’s feature. In a 1/4 teaspoon serving it provides 1055 mg of Vitamin C and 120 mg of Calcium.

I use it as:

  • An immune system booster
  • A component of leavening in baked goods
  • An internal cleanser of toxins

 

It’s free of the following:

  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Sodium
  • Artificial Flavor
  • Sweetener
  • Preservatives
  • Color

I’m quite pleased with the quality of this product and think you might find it useful as well.

The Splendid Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Graphic

How do you prepare sweet potatoes or do you not eat them at all?

If not, you are missing out on one of the more nutritious root vegetables.

Fond Memories

Growing up, I frequently enjoyed sweet potato dishes. They were prepared as desserts during the holidays in our home. But, most times they were used as just the right sweet and savory compliment to a meal of meat and vegetables such as succulent roast beef and tender mustard greens.

However, I never thought about their nutritious value much. I think a lot of people don’t. We often hear about how nutritious the varieties of green vegetables are but not much about some of the root vegetables except maybe carrots.

Yet, the sweet potato is a great source of beta carotene, vitamins A, C, and E as well as some others. This means that the sweet potato offers nutrients that guard against night blindness, skin disorders such as acne, and cancer.

What They Are Not

By the way, even though there is a resemblance and a shared name, sweet potatoes are not potatoes as in the white potato type tubers which are members of the Solanaceae (also known as nightshade) botanical food family.

Nor are they yams. In the United States and Canada some varieties of the sweet potato are called yams. True yams are members of the Dioscoreaceae family.

What They Are And How They Look

The sweet potato is a member of the Convolvulaceae (also known as morning glory) family.

Sweet potatoes (native to ancient America) come in a variety of skin and flesh colors. Some of the  skin colors are beige, brown, red, and even purple. The flesh can range from purple to white. It seems that orange ones are more prevalent here in the U.S. although I have prepared some with yellow flesh.

Also, the darker colored flesh is said to have more beta carotene than the lighter ones.

Their peak season is during the Fall.

Some Of My Favorites

As an adult with a family of my own, some of my favorite ways of preparing and eating these nutritious power houses include candied, baked with a dollop of butter (well, actually palm shortening), and the scrumptious sweet potato pie..

What are some of your favorites?

 

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