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Why should athletes eat sweet potatoes? The answer is simple; sweet potatoes are an excellent fuel source in the form of complex carbohydrates. Besides providing energy, they are also loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that combats the oxidative stress that results from a hard workout. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber and provide potassium, an essential electrolyte for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance and keeping blood pressure in check.

Simply Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Servings: 8    |    Portion: about 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed, peeled if desired
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice the potatoes horizontally into rounds, about 1/2-inch thick. Then cut pieces into 1/2-inch cubes. Cutting the potato into uniform pieces ensures the pieces are all relatively the same size, which will help them cook at the same rate, preventing scorching or underdone potatoes.
  3. In the bottom of a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss to coat.
  4. Spread the potatoes out onto a large rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or a large rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray).
  5. Place in the oven and roast, stirring halfway through cooking time, until lightly brown and fork-tender, about 30-35 minutes.
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