What’s So Great About Sweet Potatoes?

When you want to achieve it all- fat loss, muscle maintenance  and improved metabolic rate, its a matter of following sage nutrition tips such as choosing nutrient-dense low glycemic index foods. Anyone can lose weight by drastically cutting calories. But that doesn’t mean it’s the most effective strategy for losing body fat. In fact, it’s not. That’s especially true never the long run. Severe calorie restriction leads to loss of muscle tissue and water weight, ultimately reducing your metabolic rate. This means that it’s easier to add body fat when you return to your normal eating patterns.

Glycemic index

Glycemic index, or GI, is a measure of how quickly a food raises your levels of blood sugar. Eating lower-GI foods tends to sustain your energy levels as these foods digest more slowly. Since sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index and glycemic load than white potatoes, they’re a better choice for your pre-workout meal to help give you that boost needed to push through a hard session.

Fiber

Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber. Fiber is essential for helping to control appetite, burn fat, maintain healthy digestion and build muscle.

Calories

The average-size serving of sweet potatoes has fewer calories than an average-size serving of white potatoes, containing 112 calories versus 168. Eating lower-calorie sweet potatoes makes it easier to maintain a calorie deficit and burn fat.

More Muscle With Potassium

Potassium is a mineral that plays a big role in muscle control, electrolyte balance and nerve function. The average adult needs 4,700 milligrams of potassium daily; one large sweet potato provides around 694 milligrams, which amounts to roughly 15 percent of the minimum intake.

Breakfast Menu Items From GoBistro that include Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Burrito/ $5.00

Chipotle-roasted sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, house-made green chili, black beans, corn, red onion, queso fresco in a whole wheat tortilla or naked *GF, DF optional

 

Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Burrito/ $6.00

Slow roasted pulled pork, chipotle-roasted sweet potatoes, house-made green chili, black beans, corn, red onion, queso fresco in a flour tortilla

December 15, 2015 • Blog