Sweet Potato Love!

sweet potato loveSweet potato love.  Why? well these guys are quite amazing!

Did you know sweet potatoes can affect the neurotransmitters in your brain? They contain Vitamin B6, which your body needs for just that – and these neurotransmitters are essential for mood balancing. Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense so again, you won’t experience a peak and trough in your blood sugar and they contain slow-release energy to sustain you during the day.

Bake sweet potatoes in their jackets with a knob of butter and some star anise grated and sprinkled on top.  Wrap in tin foil and cook at 180 C then serve with baked ham and sauce for a rich warm buttery meal. Mash sweet potatoes with a spoonful of sour cream.   Or cut the sweet potato into 1cm cubes, fry off with coconut oil and some spices and add a dash of water and cover.  Leave to bubble and cook until tender then add some fresh coriander and chilli for some mood busting endorphins and add chopped spring onions to the mix before serving.  Top with a poached or fried egg and this makes a great comfort meal for a busy weekday.  Did you know that eggs are also mood boosters?  It’s the folic acid they contain.  Also eggs are protein rich and fat rich and don’t cause fluctuations in blood sugar.  Ideal!

So, if you are tempted to comfort eat during these winter months, crave sugar-loaded carbohydrates and cake as your body tries to build up a buffer for winter and wondering what would hit the spot on a paleo style diet: try the humble sweet potato! Eating refined carbohydrates such as cake and biscuits (tempting as you may think they are) will cause spikes in blood sugar leading to slumps and more misery as you face the drop in temperature when you open your front door and the icy blasts of economic misery that follow us all after Christmas.  So don’t do it!  High carbohydrate dishes such as lasagne or shepherd’s pie do nothing for your mood (or waistband or your overall health) as the insulin spike caused by the instant carbohydrate hit has immediate consequences involving sugar slumps and low mood.  As the temperature drops, choose warming paleo foods and eat well to keep your mood  balanced and upbeat.  In this way, you will be giving yourself the energy to tackle all life throws at you head on!  Give yourself a head start and enjoy.

What’s your top mood busting paleo meal?  We would love to hear from you!

About Paleo Works

Paleo Works Have you ever wondered how you arrived at “being overweight” and thought how difficult it is to get rid of and keep off those excess pounds? Hi, I’m Katie and together with Mike my husband, we are Paleo Works. As a busy working mum of four, I often watched others embark on weight loss progammes only to return to their start weight (and then some) shortly after reaching their target. Why was this happening? Conventional dietary wisdom would have us believe that it’s YOU who has failed. But Mike and I thought different. We felt that there had to be something wrong with that conventional dietary wisdom after all we can’t all be hopeless? So we studied intensely, sought out advice and read avidly. We questioned robustly and talked with many on various 'dieting' regimes. What we found was radical, our story has to be told, our knowledge has to be shared. So If you are ready to stop blaming your self for being overweight and ready to change your approach to weight loss then contact us and let’s get started!

Posted on January 17, 2012, in Paleo Diet, Real Food and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I love sweet potatos. It’s good to know they are not organic junk-food.Great to know they have some food value. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post! I knew there was a reason I love sweet potatoes so much! I just made curried stuffed sweet potatoes…great paleo dinner option! I also like to slice up sweet potatoes into finger-size pieces and cook them in the oven at 450 degrees for 20 mins with olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple and yummy.

  3. Salmon sashimi with wasabi for the mood boosting win. Although, I do love some sweet potatoes.

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