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Help me like sweet potatoes?!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I just cannot get on board with the mushy sweetness of these tubers. I've tried them baked, mashed, grated and fried like hash browns and have not liked them. My next goal is to try to make a soup with them pureed, maybe it's the texture I dislike... I actually do like them raw, so I will grate them like carrots and make a kind of slaw, but I have read that eating them raw is not best for digestion.

I like 90% of other veggies and eat lots, but I keep reading for exercise and for energy I should eat sweet potatoes.

If I cannot eventually get into them is there another item that could provide similar nutrition and energy?

Thanks!!

EP in Chicago

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 25, 2013
at 04:51 AM

That is not accurate. Yams are a completely different thing than sweet potatoes, orange or white.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 22, 2013
at 11:17 PM

Maybe they just want to branch out, try stuff different ways. That's certainly the case for me.

753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

(369)

on February 22, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Personally, I have finally become a firm believer that you shouldn't force yourself to eat food that you truly just don't like-- especially when you can get nutrients/benefits from other foods. It's hard to be successful on any kind of lifestyle if you don't like what you're doing!

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 22, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Limited? Well, I wouldn't eat them everyday. Nor should you feel pressured to eat sweet potatoes everyday. If you want to follow a guideline, I'd say follow the same limits you put on carrots & sweet potatoes. But when you have the hankerin' for something starchy, parsnips are worth a try.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 22, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Oooh, link please, parksthis1? That soup sounds promising!

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:50 PM

Thanks so much Luckie!

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:49 PM

There is a bacon and sweet potato soup I hope to try next week.

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Yay Chicago! I think it is the texture, I have had roasted parsnips in the past- I will need to try them again. Should they still be limited like other starches?

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:46 PM

I didn't realize there was such a big difference between the flavor of yams and sweet potatoes, I'll have to give it a try. I h ave been eating plantain chips! YUM

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Oooh! I like the quiche idea!

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Thanks! Glad to know I am not alone, I thought I was the only one.

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:57 PM

I baked some sweet potato chips for super bowl which were OK. I haven't made my own sweet potato fries, but I have not enjoyed ones in restaurants. I guess I should try making my own, though, huh? Thanks for the reassurance that they aren't NECCESSARY :)

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0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

on February 22, 2013
at 11:29 PM

I hope your adding some form of fat...that makes all vegetables/tubers 10X tastier. My favorite is olive oil

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1deaea445ff3b1cb5d1354a043dc8fb7

(275)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:06 PM

lol don't force yourself to like sweet potaoes just because they are popular in this click.

Alternatives that serve the same purpose as sweet potatoes

yams (peel, boil, and mash with some fat, awesome!), taro, plantains, other tubers...

white rice

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:46 PM

I didn't realize there was such a big difference between the flavor of yams and sweet potatoes, I'll have to give it a try. I h ave been eating plantain chips! YUM

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0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:52 PM

Relax! Sweet potatoes are good but they aren't necessary. You can easily get all your nutrients from other vegetables. In fact a lot of paleoers actively avoid tubers.

I like sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil with rosemary or basil. Cut them into small pieces with sharp edges so that they come out crispier.

Have you tried making sweet potato fries?

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 04:57 PM

I baked some sweet potato chips for super bowl which were OK. I haven't made my own sweet potato fries, but I have not enjoyed ones in restaurants. I guess I should try making my own, though, huh? Thanks for the reassurance that they aren't NECCESSARY :)

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:48 PM

I'm with you. I can take sweet potatoes as a hash served with a really spicy meat. But on their own, I have never really enjoyed them.

So I consume more white potatoes than sweet potatoes. Do they have more nutrients than white potatoes? Yes. But I get my nutrients from other foods.

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Thanks! Glad to know I am not alone, I thought I was the only one.

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on February 23, 2013
at 01:26 AM

Cinnamon. For flavor and to moderate any blood sugar spike.

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on February 22, 2013
at 11:46 PM

Too bad JuBa isn't here to answer this. There are many different types of sweet potatoes and yams too that are worth a trying. Here is some good info from JuBa on the topic:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/92959/nutrition-differences-in-different-varieties-of-sweet-potatoes/92976#92976

Hopefully you will find a variety that you will like to consume.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on February 22, 2013
at 11:14 PM

you don't have to eat sweet potatoes!! why would you force yourself to eat something you hate? that will make you never look forward to eating them.

eat what you like. you aren't missing out on any nutrients by not eating sweet potatoes. i don't think i've had a sweet potato in 3 or 4 years.

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on February 22, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Try the white ones, the orange ones are actually yams and those are much sweeter. I love them mashed with lots of coconut oil and salt. The salty with a little sweet is a great combination. I usually eat them at the end of the meal, almost like a dessert.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 25, 2013
at 04:51 AM

That is not accurate. Yams are a completely different thing than sweet potatoes, orange or white.

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B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on February 22, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Try making these biscuits. They are so ridiculously amazing, and easy to make!

http://paleomg.com/thanksgiving-side-dish-bacon-chive-sweet-potato-biscuits/

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254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

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on February 22, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Same here. Do this:

Peel and cut up a couple of sweet potatoes. Cover them with chicken broth. Boil until tender. Use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) until smooth (you're blending both the SP and the broth). Add in 1 can of coconut milk. Add in the juice of 2-3 limes.

This is pretty much the only way I can eat them.

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C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

on February 22, 2013
at 05:28 PM

parksthis1: Happy to hear there are other Chicagoans taking these steps in the Paleo world. Every blog I read seems to be from someone on the West Coast.

Here's a quick question: Is it the sweetness or the texture that you find difficult to overcome?

If you still like sweetness, there is plenty you can do with CARROTS & PARSNIPS. The texture is bound to be different with those veggies. And you can do prepare them in many different ways. My favorite way to eat them are in soup form though.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

(610)

on February 22, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Limited? Well, I wouldn't eat them everyday. Nor should you feel pressured to eat sweet potatoes everyday. If you want to follow a guideline, I'd say follow the same limits you put on carrots & sweet potatoes. But when you have the hankerin' for something starchy, parsnips are worth a try.

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Yay Chicago! I think it is the texture, I have had roasted parsnips in the past- I will need to try them again. Should they still be limited like other starches?

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5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

on February 22, 2013
at 05:03 PM

You could make a quiche out of them, by mashing them up, adding eggs, then baking them! I have actually done this and then added cocoa powder, and they are just like brownies!

You could try other varieties and yams, to see if it is the sweetness or not. Also, you can make a mash, but mix it with white potato mash, to cut down the sweetness a little!

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Oooh! I like the quiche idea!

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 22, 2013
at 04:56 PM

I never liked them before Paleo, because most recipes (at least here in the South) call for adding even more sweetness to them (sweet potato pie, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, sweet potatoes in honey or brown sugar syrup... gross).

I have found I like them pretty well just plain roasted in the oven with a little coconut oil, salt and pepper, served with a very flavorful/spicy meat and a veggie that's nice and bitter like kale, or brussel sprouts. Also good mixed in with regular potatoes, carrots, and/or parsnips. I also like them gratin style with bleu cheese. I think the strong funk of the bleu cheese really helps even out the sweetness. http://projects.eveningedge.com/recipes/sweet-potato-cabrales-blue-cheese-gratin/

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:50 PM

Thanks so much Luckie!

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:55 PM

You could put them in soup to enhance the creaminess. The other flavors of the soup will overpower the sweet potato flavor.

Bb7e39333e8ff711d65759c7de777bab

(55)

on February 22, 2013
at 05:49 PM

There is a bacon and sweet potato soup I hope to try next week.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 22, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Oooh, link please, parksthis1? That soup sounds promising!

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