(Family Features) Summer adventures can often take people just about anywhere, from down the street at the neighborhood pool to across the country on a family road trip. Wherever the action takes you this summer, remember to stay refreshed and energized with easy snacks that provide the nutrition you need.
For example, these Sweetpotato Summer Rolls offer a flavorful way to recharge after some time in the sun. Made with peanut butter, celery sticks and North Carolina Sweetpotatoes, they’re ideal for serving your family following a day of fun.
Classified as a “diabetes superfood” by the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, all of which are good for overall health. Plus, they offer a natural sweetener without the added sugar.
Consider these additional sweetpotato facts as you prepare for summer excitement.
As one of the most versatile vegetables that’s easy to add to a variety of recipes for enhancing flavor and nutrition content, sweetpotatoes can be a key ingredient in both simple or elevated and sweet or savory dishes. They can be cooked and prepared on the stove, baked, microwaved, grilled or slow cooked.
“Sweetpotato” should be spelled as one word, even if you aren’t familiar with that spelling. In fact, the North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission deliberately spells it as one word (a practice adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989) as a way for shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers to avoid confusion with the equally unique and distinctive white potato or yam.
Not only are sweetpotatoes abundant and found in just about any grocery store or farmers market, but they also have a long shelf life – up to 4 weeks if stored properly in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from heat sources.
Due to their high carbohydrate content, sweetpotatoes are solutions for both before and after exercise sessions. With complex carbohydrates that provide sustained energy and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and aid in muscle repair, sweetpotatoes can elevate both endurance and recovery.
Find more summertime recipe ideas by visiting ncsweetpotatoes.com.
Recipe courtesy of the North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission
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