BREAKFAST BOWL ALTERNATIVE

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Yes Sweet Potatoes :)

Sweet potatoes, while sweet, actually don't negatively affect blood sugar levels as the fiber helps natural sugars release slowly and provides a good source of energy without the fatigue and crash. Orange sweet potatoes may be one of nature's unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A. This benefit may be especially true for kids. In several studies from Africa, sweet potatoes were found to contain between 100 to 1600 micrograms of Vitamin A in every 3.5 ounce which meets 35% of all vitamin A needs, and in many cases enough to meet 90% of vitamin A needs (from this single food alone). 

I recommend adding lots of color to your bowl in the form of nourishing toppings. For instance blueberries are low-glycemic, full of antioxidants, and add a hint of sweetness as well as strawberries. Raw cacao nibs will help fuel your energy and are loaded with magnesium and iron (I'm not a big fan of cacao so I usually don't add this to my sweet potatoes). Almonds has lots of protein and yes even more fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, which is a great way to start the day. Eating healthy fats in the morning helps balance blood sugar levels and will keep you full longer, reducing the need to snack! And let's not forget cinnamon that helps treat type 2 Diabetes, lowers bad cholesterol and has antifungal, antibacterial and even antiviral properties. 

CHANGE UP YOUR MORNING ROUTINE FOR EXTRA ENERGY

This is also a great bowl to eat post-workout. Many of my clients in my fitness classes in my Cincinnati facility use this delicious berakfast alternative after they workout. I recommend roasting your sweet potato the night before so it's ready to go in the morning. This way all you will need to do is add your toppings. Talk about fast food! As a matter of fact I usually cook 6 to 8 sweet potatoes at a time because I eat them for lunch and dinners (they will last 4 to 5 days in your refridge).

Ingredients:

1 small or ½ large (roasted) sweet potatoo

¼ cup of blueberries

1 Tablespoon cacao nibs

1 Tablespoon chopped raw almonds

1-2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Hope you enjoy your sweet potatoes as much as I do - it truly is a SUPER FOOD :)

Trisha DeHall (Your Personal Trainer in Cincinnati)