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  • Purple Yam

    Date: 2011.11.04 | Category: Dairy free, Gluten-free, Vegan Breakfast and Brunch | Response: 0

    Sorry folks, it has been a while that I have posted a recipe. I have been busy preparing and teaching classes. But I do want to share something I discovered last week.

    I was shopping at an Asian grocery store for one of my classes
    and noticed in the vegetable section next to the potatoes some purple yams.
    They didn’t look very special on the outside. Actually, they looked similar to the plain yam with the shape of butternut squash. But I had just listened the evening before to a very interesting presentation on the power of plant-based nutrition. And one of the thing I learned that evening, was the darker the food, the more phyto nutrients it contains. That would explain while kale is at the top of the leafy green vegetable family and so good for you. So when I saw purple yams, I had to get some.

    Baked purple yam

    I really wanted to taste them so I  just roasted them without adding anything and OMG! I never tasted something so exquisite. The sweeteness was unbelievable, almost like a fruit. It is now my new breakfast. You only need one to make you feel full and satisfied.

    Now I have had one every morning. It is delicious even cold, easy to carry if you want to take it with you for a morning or afternoon snack.
    You can peel one and mash it and pour some nut or soy milk and nuts for your kids.

    What is wonderful about this type of yam is that you don’t need to add any sweetener. Just the vegetable and nothing else. That’s fast food the way Mother Nature intended it!

    This is a great item to bring if you going camping. It is cheap, easy to roast on an open fire, a great hand warmer in cold nights! What’s not to like!

    From a nutrition standpoint:

    A serving provides B6, vitamin A,  5% of the daily value for vitamin C, fiber, plus antioxidants. It has no fat or cholesterol.
    The jury is out about potassium. Some sources say it contains a good amount, other say it doesn’t.

    It also has a good sense of humor! I wanted to take a photo so that you can see the deep purple and the shape. And then, I turned the plate around and just about peed in my pants when I looked at the photo. See for yourself!

    Purple Yam or cool dog?

     

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