Saturday, 16 November 2013

Good Food Box



November’s Good Food Box


Once again the Good Food Box has arrived and Paul and I go on another culinary adventure to use the vast assortment of fruits and vegetables that we have received.

This month we received Food Facts on
Sweet Potatoes



Antioxidant


     More beta-carotene than green vegetables. “Phytonutrients may be able to  lower potential health risk posed by heavy metals and oxygen radicals” (George Mateljan Foundation, 2013)

Anti-Inflammatory

   “it is also a good source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. Working in concert, these nutrients are powerful antioxidants that help to heal inflammation in the body.” (Ho, 2009)

Great source of vitamin A

         In Africa, India and the Caribbean sweet potatoes are provided to school children for the 21908.52 IU of vitamin A in 1 cup of baked sweet potatoe

 Helps control blood sugar

         “… rich in carotenoids, orange and yellow pigments that play a role in helping the body respond to insulin… rich in the natural plant compound chlorogenic acid, which may help reduce insulin resistance” (Magic Foods, 2013)


Contain iron, magnesium, Vitamin D, C, B6, and E

Twice as much fiber as other types of potatoes

Paul and I for the past four years have attempted to grow sweet potatoes.  We get lots of green foliage and small pencil sized sweet potatoes, so we are grateful for the Good Food Box and the sweet potatoes we can purchase in the grocery stores.

Sweet Potatoe "Fries"

1 lb sweet potatoes, each cut lengthwise into 6 wedges
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder
black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
use a nonstick baking sheet

Place  potatoes in a bowl.  Add oil, paprika and garlic powder.  Season with pepper to taste.  Toss to coat.  Transfer to baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until tender and golden, turning once.
From The Grey Bruce Good Food Box ~ A Community Program Support by Public Health ~ November 2013 newsletter.

September, 2013 Good Food Box
October 2013 Good Food Box

Grandma Snyder

George Mateljan Foundation. (2013). Sweet potatoes. Retrieved from the world's healthiest foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
Ho, W. (2009, July 31). Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You've Got to Know. Retrieved from the conscious life: http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-anti-inflammatory-foods.htm
Magic Foods. (2013). The Health Properties of Sweet Potatoes. Retrieved from Readers Digest: http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/the-health-properties-of-sweet-potatoes/


           
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