Sweet Potato Love!
Sweet 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!