The Next New Super Food?
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Even though my new shoes are screaming “wear me, wear me!” my training schedule dictates otherwise. Today’s a “stretch and strength” day, so I did a series of strength exercises in my room.
i prefer stretching after a good cardio sweat session, so I did a few light stretches and called it a day.
An important, yet often overlooked, part of living a healthy life is relaxation. Avoiding stress is better than dealing with (or ignoring) stress. It can’t always be avoided, but I like to try to keep my stress as low as possible.
I’ve been go-go-go lately, constantly thinking about everything I need to get done. I took a minute to examine my to do list when I got home from work this evening, and found there was nothing on it that was going to cause the world to collapse if I didn’t get it done in the next few hours.
So I’m prioritizing to put a little relaxation on the schedule tonight.
It started with this:
A glass of Boordy Chilled Apple wine. I’d been saving this one for awhile. I thought it was going to be awesome but I guess I was expecting too much. Eh.
Then I tackled this:
The purple sweet potato! This one was grown in NC!
Did you know sweet potatoes are in the same family as the morning glory? I had no idea! They even flower:
Purple sweet potatoes get their color from a phytochemical called anthocyanin.
Anthocyanin has been shown to :
– lower risk of cancer
– decrease cardiovascular disease
– improve visual function
– decrease risk or slow down progress of some chronic diseases
– enhance memory
Cooking enhances the anthocyanin in the purple sweet potato by 150%!
(Antioxidants in many fruits and vegetables do these things too, but anthocyanin is thought to be especially powerful).
First I scrubbed the little guy (he was covered in dirt) and I could already see how purple it was!
Then the first scary slice….
Holy purple-y goodness!! This was some serious purpleness going on.
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make with the purple sweet potato, so I opted to go with my favorite choice for the orange variety. Baked sweet tater fries!
(I also couldn’t decide if I wanted rounds or strips so I did a little of both)
I usually put spices like chili powder and cumin on my sweet potato fries, but this purple guy was just calling out to me “rosemary..rosemary…”
So I listened. Rosemary, basil, and marjoram were my spices of choice tonight.
Baked them in the oven about 30 minutes or so. While the oven was working it’s magic I prepared some kale chips.
Kale chips = baggie + olive oil + pepper + sea salt + shake shake shake and bake!
Pretty soon I had a gorgeous array of colors displayed on my plate.
Hmm something was missing……
Morningstar Farms Black Bean burger.
And the verdict on the purple sweet potato:
tastes like a sweet potato!! Really, it tasted just like the orange kind. If you really twisted my arm I would venture to say it was slightly sweeter, but if you couldn’t see what you were eating you probably wouldn’t notice any difference.
What cool side dishes you could make with such a pretty colored veggie! They always say to “eat the rainbow” (all different color veggies) and you don’t often get the opportunity for purple!
Now for the relaxation part of the evening…I’m going to watch My Sister’s Keeper. I’m prepared to cry already.
I haven’t wanted to see it because it is my all time favorite book and knew the movie wouldn’t live up to it, but I’ve heard the ending is entirely different and my curiousity has finally gotten the best of me.
I also see a cup of Purely Decadent in my future somewhere….. 😉
Stayed tuned tomorrow morning for the first edition of Did You Know Tuesday!!