Sweet potatoes, when baked and seasoned well, can make for a great snack. They tick the box on the health and taste front!
Winter is around the corner and this is the time when we look for comfort in warm and tasty foods. Munching on our favorite snacks should not be a guilt-ridden experience, and while it is hard to choose healthy snacks, there are always some classic go-to options such as sweet potato or shakarkandi.
This veggie is deemed as a superfood due to its low calorie and high fiber quotient. So, to help you snack without any regrets, we present a recipe for making baked sweet potato from the comfort of your home.
Here’s how sweet potato benefits your health
This is a great option for diabetic patients as it is low on the glycemic index (GI) rating. Foods that have a high GI spike blood sugar levels, and are a big no for those who suffer from type-2 diabetes. It also contains a carotenoid called beta-carotene, which is a rich source of vitamin A, and it is an extremely rich source of fiber that keeps your gut health in check.
According to Dr Lovneet Batra, clinical nutritionist at Fortis La Femme, New Delhi,
“Sweet potatoes have everything and more in them, that makes them a superfood. Since they are rich in fibre, they help with better glucose control. They contain high quantities of vitamins A and C that help to fight inflammation. But remember to control portion size, that’s extremely important.”
So, ready to make this delicious and nutritious baked sweet potato snack?
Here are the things you’ll need:
- 4 sweet potatoes, sliced into wedges
- 4 tsps olive oil
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- Salt (as per taste)
Here’s how to prepare baked sweet potato:
Step 1: Wash the sweet potatoes properly to remove any dirt. Then, chop them into wedges.
Step 2: Add olive oil, black pepper, red chilli powder to a bowl. Mix the ingredients together.
Step 3: Add the sweet potato wedges to this bowl. Toss it properly to ensure the wedges are covered with the seasoning.
Step 4: Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Step 5: Place the potato wedges in the oven and let them bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
Step 6: Once cooked fully, sprinkle some salt on the wedges. You can also squeeze some lemon juice to raise the tangy quotient.
There you go, your healthy snack is ready! Enjoy the baked sweet potato hot and satiate your taste buds.