According to one source, sweet potatoes have quite a history! Records indicate that it was Columbus who decided to bring the potato along for his journey in 1492 (that guy sure gets a lot of credit for stuff!) and around 1740, the term “sweet” was added to it’s name to differentiate between those and the common white potato introduced by Irish immigrants. (Source)
And as exciting a history as they have had, even more exciting is the nutrition they posses. According to NutritionData.com, sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. They are also a very good source of Vitamin A.
So now you have a little history and a lot of healthy reasons to add this delicious root vegetable to your breakfast! And what could be better than smearing a bit on your morning toast, pancakes or waffles?
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
- 3 cups peeled sweet potatoes, cut into slices about ⅛ to ¼ inch thick
- 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- Zest of 1 orange
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a 1 or 1½ quart slow cooker and stir well to combine
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are completely cooked and soft.
- Using an immersion blender, blend everything together in your slow cooker until smooth.
- Stir in honey to taste.
- Note: You can do this in a larger slow cooker, but you will need to double or triple the recipe depending on the size of your slow cooker. A slow cooker should be at least ½ full in order to cook the food in it properly.