One of the most nutritious foods on a traditional Thanksgiving table is the sweet potato. However, this superfood shouldn’t just be associated with the holiday and marshmallows, sweet potatoes offer many health benefits that should be enjoyed year round!
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and minerals that your toddler needs. They contain about 65% of the daily recommended values of Vitamin C; Beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A; potassium to help keep your little one’s heart and muscles working properly; and plenty of fiber to ensure digestive health. As well has all of these vitamins and minerals sweet potatoes are also very low on the Glycemic Index, meaning they have much less sugar than a white potato.
Sweet potatoes can be served the same way as white potatoes – baked, boiled, mashed, etc – but your toddlers will like them even more because they have a sweeter taste, and less sugar! To gain the maximum health benefits from these veggies avoid discarding their skins – they’re very dense with all of the sweet potatoes nutrients!
Here is a fun and yummy sweet potato snack, including their skins, that your little one will LOVE!
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
Your favorite seasonings
- Preheat your oven to 450°F and brush a small amount of olive oil on 2 baking sheets.
- Wash the sweet potatoes in cold water. Leave them unpeeled and cut them into thin slices. Try to keep the slices as uniform as possible in their thickness.
- In a small bowl mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil with your favorite seasonings. You can make these chips sweet or savory, whatever you’re craving!
- Arrange the sweet potato slices on the two baking sheets in a single layer.
- Brush your olive oil mixture onto your chips.
- Bake them, rotating the pans halfway through, until the edges of the chips begin to curl. Baking time will vary from 25-40 minutes depending on how thick your slices are and how crispy you want your chips to be.
- Enjoy this delicious and HEALTHY snack with your toddlers!
What are some of your favorite sweet potato recipes?