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20 Unique Ways to Use Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, in my opinion, are one of the most versatile foods around. They are great for kids, adults, older adults, athletes, etc. I’ll even add that dogs love them! My dog, Tater (yep – that’s really her name), loves mashed sweet potatoes mixed into her dry dog food. 

Let’s talk about why I love sweet potatoes so much and share some healthy sweet potato recipes. 

Nutrition Content of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are nutritionally dense, which is one reason why they are an appealing food to all people, even little people. As a matter of fact, sweet potatoes for baby led weaning are always one of the first foods we introduce. 

And even as babies become toddlers, there are still ways to continue to enjoy them, as evidenced in these sweet potato recipes for toddlers.

One medium sweet potato provides about four grams of fiber, and provides more than your daily recommended allotment of Vitamin A, an important nutrient for immune health. 

Sweet potatoes are also high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for the absorption of non heme iron (necessary for plant based eating and vegan eating patterns).

Furthermore, sweet potatoes can be a great source of electrolytes, too. They naturally offer potassium and magnesium, and you can top them with sodium, making them the perfect post workout food. 

Ball of sweet potato pizza dough on gray background

Different Kinds of Sweet Potatoes

You may be familiar with the traditional Covington or Beauregard sweet potato (which is sometimes confused with a yam but there are differences between sweet potatoes and yams), but there are so many varieties of sweet potatoes available, ranging from white and mild to a deeper red.

Many of them may be locally grown, so the best way to find and enjoy them would be through your local farmers market. 

Some other sweet potato varieties include:

  • white sweet potatoes (may look like a white potato)
  • Japanese sweet potatoes (red skin, dry, white flesh)
  • Okinawa (gorgeous purple interior)
  • Satsuma-Imo (have a creamy, starchy white interior)

According to home stratosphere, there are several more varieties grown in each state, too!

purple sweet potatoes

What is The Best Way to Eat Sweet Potatoes?

There are SO many ways to eat a sweet potato – you’ll be amazed at the things you can do with them. 

Sweet potatoes can be used in so many recipes, from breads and muffins, to pasta and pizza crust. I actually have ALL of these options on my blog, so I felt like it would be a great one stop resource to accumulate them all in one place. 

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese in white serving dish

Many of these serve as easy recipes for leftover sweet potatoes, as well. Whether you mash them, or have already baked or cooked them, don’t let them go to waste! The best way to eat a sweet potato is the way you like it. 

There is no best food to eat with a sweet potato, because they pair nicely with so many foods and food groups! Fruits, like blueberries, go really well with sweet potatoes. And sweet potato and kale or spinach are nice accompaniments as well.

Sweet potatoes and greek yogurt are also a wonderful carbohydrate-protein match (like in a sweet potato smoothie). 

And for your sweet tooth, sweet potato chocolate chip bread (a big version of sweet potato chocolate chip muffins) and even sweet potato breakfast cookies are wonderful. 

Without further adieu, here we go. 

Unique Ways to Use Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a versatlie ingredient that can be used in nachos, smoothies, pizza crust, breads, muffins, pasta and more!

sweet potato bread and pizza with text overlay
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